An open letter to Tesco,

For every innocent being treated as a likely criminal. Dear Tesco, We have been friends for a long time now.  We first met in 2008 on a 3 week holiday in Thailand en route to live in the UK. I had never been to a Tesco before, as we didn’t have them in Australia. So…

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…

May 21st 2017

Not going to lie, I was too grumpy to post last night, so thought I would spare everyone my mood.  Perhaps not very authentic of me, but hey ho.  It was a relatively nothing weekend really. I am having Monday morning regret about not getting more done around the house. We have been shuffling all…

May 20th 2017

I’ve had one of those roller-coaster weeks, that have left me dreaming about stress relief techniques. I mean literally as I sleep, my brain is mapping out a plan for me to feel less stressed  Which is weird, because I wasn’t conscious I was so stressed.  The unconscious mind never ceases to astound me.  Last…

Dear Diary 19th of May 2017

I love watching children who have kept the magic alive themselves. I don’t mean adult inflicted magic, like Santa Claus, and Elf on the Shelf,  but when kids are still very much enchanted by life and what is going on around them. I had the pleasure this week of seeing a young man turn ten….

Dear Diary Thursday 18th of May

I have just finished reading Liane Moriarty’s book, (one of my new favourite chick-lit authors- yes I am one of those women) ‘What Alice Forgot’.  This is the second book in a 9 month period that has made me wish I kept a diary. The first being  The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old….

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…