Our Blog

Hi one and all, I have taken the bold move to return to blogger, preferring the simplicity and ease and cheaper cost of maintaining a blog with a personalised domain name. While moving, I have also changed the name, so that I can have everything streamlined across all my social media. So if you have…

The End of Your Life Book Group- Review

We read this for our Women’s Institute book group. I feel an element of guilt for not warming to this book. It is obviously a wonderful tribute to a woman that achieved so much, reached so many, and made a real impact on the world around her. She touched those within her own family, her…

Readiness and comparison.

I wish I had known more about child led parenting when my first four where little. In lots of ways they did do things when they were ready, and in others we ‘trained them’. A concept I dislike now when reflecting on it. However, it has been an absolute life saver of a concept for our 5th…

The trouble with judgements 24/5/2017

This afternoon, I drove to the vet to pick my dog up who’d been in for an an operation today.   As I drove along, I was becoming increasing frustrated by the car in front of me whose driving was becoming affected by their use of a mobile phone.  Thankfully as the traffic lights changed to green…

Introverts, extroverts and parenting.

One of the most helpful things I have ever done as an adult was to stop and identify where I fit in terms of introversion and extroversion.  I was well into my 30’s before it dawned on me I wasn’t who I thought I was. I had been an introvert living and extrovert’s life.  So…

How we do pocket money.

I notice that a topic that often comes up on online parenting forums and Facebook groups is the one of how to structure pocket money.  We have been ‘doing’ pocket money for some years now, and I thought I might share with you how we do it. Not because it is the right way, but…

Moving House

I have moved house 17 times in my life as an adult and probably just as many times (if not more) as a child. I went to 10 different schools, in 3 Australian States and 2 countries to give you an indication on my childhood moving history, but to be honest, I’ve lost count now on…

When your partner doesn’t agree with Home Education or Homeschooling.

My husband was against home education when we first started out.  I remember excitedly taking him to our first home ed conference and rubbing my hands together conspiratorially and thinking YES! *fist pump* This will be great, he will see all that I love about it On the drive home, filled with happy beans and home…

Mother’s Day. Empowering women with empathy.

If you are seeing this post, not only have I written it (in draft), but I have felt stoic enough to hit publish. I actually have another one on standby in case I chicken out. I always feel very torn about writing such posts, because inevitably someone, a family member, a friend, or aquaintance thinks…

Books We Have Loved

This blog post contains affiliate links to books we have enjoyed as a family.  Just a quick one this morning, as I look back on some of the books we have enjoyed as a family.  Some of them the children have read themselves and some we have read together either snuggled up or alone, coming…

Parenting, Home Educating and Burnout.

This is another requested topic by the lovely Kat, if you would like to suggest a topic then I would love to have a go.  If you’ve done anything for a long time, whether that be work in the same job, volunteer or in my case home educate, you may run the risk of burnout…