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Travel Tips For The Young Family - Part 2

Travel Tips For The Young Family – Part 2

  I hope you enjoyed Part 1, here are my continued travel tips for taking a toddler overseas!   Tip#6: Plane TV troubles Our little one didn’t like the TV on the plane (well he didn’t like TV in general before we left) but we did find that the screen is too small and the […]

Travel Tips For The Young Family - Part 1

Travel Tips For The Young Family – Part 1

  Recently my family and I were very blessed to have the opportunity to travel overseas. We went to Rome (naturally), Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Paris and London. I have to admit, that at first I was petrified of the idea of taking an 18-month old adventurous little boy on a 24-hour flight (one sixteen hour […]

How To Be Efficient When You Have Young Children

How To Be Efficient When You Have Young Children

  Having five children under six years of age may seem overwhelmingly busy. At times I have to admit it is, particularly when there is sickness! Most days however, when the routine is kept the same, the children are always happy and generally obedient. I have noticed that they love their routine and being consistent.   […]

Simple Strategies for Managing Behavior (children aged 2-6)

Simple Strategies for Managing Behavior (children aged 2-6)

  When my son was three, he was diagnosed with mild/moderate Autism. We were fortunate to get funding and see a psychologist which has helped our family so much in terms of strategies to manage difficult or even normal behaviour in toddlers and young children. Today, I use these strategies with all my children and find […]

When Bad Influences Are Family

When Bad Influences Are Family

   We want the best for our children and so we try to limit their exposure to harmful influences. This is no easy feat. It’s harder still when those influences are within your extended family. On the one hand you want your children to know and love their family but on the other hand you’re […]

The Changing Face Of Motherhood

The Changing Face Of Motherhood

  We are entering interesting times. Influential women such as Helen Mirren, Dolly Parton, Julia Gillard and Julie Bishop are the faces of a wave of childless women. These are successful, intelligent women who made a decision not to have children. They are not alone. There are many successful career women in their late forties […]

Once A Mum…Always A Mum

Once A Mum…Always A Mum

      My husband and I went away for the weekend recently. We’d basically discovered that over our eight years of marriage, we really hadn’t done this since we’d started our family. Our children had had sleepovers before at grandparent’s houses, but we’d always stayed home and caught up on housework and hubby had […]

Channelling Charity

Channelling Charity

  If you ask someone what they love about parenting, they’re not exactly going to say: the sleepless nights, constant demands and lack of down time. Being a parent is hard, difficult and fraught with challenges and yet, for many of us, this vocation, coupled with marriage, is our path to sanctity. Yes, that was […]

Life Does Not End When You Have Kids

Life Does Not End When You Have Kids

  Starting a family is daunting enough but even more so when everyone tells you that your life is about to end. And maybe it does change, irrevocably. But it doesn’t end as such. Sure the late, carefree partying and accompanying sleepovers the next morning are a thing of the past. So are sleep-ins and […]

How We Started Toilet Training At 12 Months

How We Started Toilet Training At 12 Months

  People I talk to have often been intrigued at how early we started toilet training our kids and are sometimes astounded that our less-than-2-year-olds are out of nappies and using the toilet. While some would say that toilet training is best left until the child is older and more teachable, we’ve found that starting […]