Schooooooollllsss out for Summa…….

As schools around the world come to a parental-shattering shut down, teachers around the Southern Hemisphere rejoice. They throw off their collective robes, swat away the last remaining clingers, dance their way to the Xmas party and begin their annual 6 week drinking pilgrimage…….I mean summer holiday. Families of teachers are particularly happy. They can […]

It’s a mountain goat!!!

This is what the midwife should have said to us when she passed us our baby. Tables, chairs, couches, roofs, me – it doesn’t matter. If it’s higher than ground level it must be conquered. A simple walk in the park turns into a parkour session. A car journey begins with a Starsky and Hutch-esque […]

Why I encourage my boys to fight.

Physical fights between children, particularly siblings, is normal. Fighting between brothers is a natural and dare-i-say-it healthy occurrence. In our house there is an almost daily punch-on in one form or another. It could start as simply as being breathed upon too heavily while sharing an ipad. Or by copping a rogue footy in the nuts. […]

To dog or not to dog

I’m picking poo off the ground. Clawing and grabbing at the grass. Wondering where it all went wrong. “It’s such hard work” “It’s unrelenting “ “The barking gets worse. It took a year to break one of the bad habits.” “Don’t do it. It’s like another child” This advice from my so called mates. AFTER […]