2015 was a year of many developments for our family, the biggest of which was falling pregnant. As I looked ahead to this year – the year our third child will join the family – some distinct phrases came to mind. Phrases like “survival mode” and “complete write-off” and “barely coping”. There are many wonderful things about newborn babies, but I know from experience that the first several months are a hard slog. Continue reading “Flourishing with a Newborn in the House”
They say that the average four year old asks 1000 questions a day. As a parent of three, I have no problem with these statistics. My eldest ASD child cheerfully refers to himself as a questioner.
He’s not wrong. Continue reading “The house that the man built”
Grandparents make great babysitters. But that’s not the only role they serve.
Do you ever get to the end of the week and feel like you never really stopped to have a break? Perhaps you look around your house, which seems to be in a constant state of chaos, and wonder why it doesn’t reflect your non-stop efforts? You certainly feel like you’re working all day, so what have you got to show for it?
“My best friend introduced me to MOPS a little over a year ago and it has helped me in all ways. MOPS = Mothers of Preschoolers and it’s a Mothers’ group where you can come and your child gets looked after by carers while you get to sit with other mums. You can talk, have a coffee and some yummy morning tea, have a laugh or even a cry if you need to. During my relationship I lost a lot of confidence and MOPS helped me get it back and be ‘me’ again! Not just ‘mum’, I got to be Tamira again, if you know what I mean. I love it so much… It’s also helped me to become a better cook! I made it a personal goal to always make something home made when I bring morning tea, so now I can make slices and lots of home baked goodies ….”
My friends will tell you that I’m not usually stumped for words but…today I’m feeling a bit nervous. This is my first blog post in my new role as Blog Administrator for M♡PS Australia. I’m pretty sure I don’t know what I’m doing yet but, if you’ll have me, I’m happy to stay and give it my best shot.
Your kids won’t recall all the times you fed them and got them dressed for school — but they will remember family traditions or the times you surprised them with something special. Continue reading “Little Memories”
The power of music can transform your home.
Because I was going to be home with our baby boy anyway, we decided not to send our twin girls to Kindergarten. So in the months leading up to their first day of school we did our best to get them prepared for the journey of learning that lay ahead of them. But in a way, it was me who needed the training!
I mean, we are expected to provide them with a packed lunch… everyday!
We all want to trust our children, but what do we do when they lie? Continue reading “Raising Truthful Kids”