Category: Parenting

Meet the in-laws, part 2

The big day dawned bright and hot and sunny. One of the traditions in Croatia when it comes to celebrating weddings is that all the family and friends come to the house before the wedding mass, where there’s a buffet style spread, lots of drinks, and lots of mingling. We’d booked a full size coach ...

I know your secret

Hey there fellow school mum. I see you standing there by the gate, waiting for the bell with your other school mum friends. You’re all wearing activewear, workout gear, whatever you choose to call it. You look fit and strong and athletic, and back when my youngest child started at this school three years ago ...

A letter to: MY DAUGHTER AT 17

Hey babe, can you believe that you’re so close to being legal? Only six months to go and you’re 18. Legally an adult, maybe, but still my baby girl. What an exciting time for you right now. These next few months should be, and no doubt will be, some of the most exciting and fun ...

FFS: the humpday edition.

It’s only Wednesday and what was supposed to be the one quiet week in amidst the crazy has not been following the script. After the big 21st on the weekend I had planned Monday through to Thursday of this week to do the bare minimum, be lazy and recover from the birthday frenzy that was ...

On keeping it reel.

We can’t mark a milestone birthday in our house without some kind of visual tribute. Over the years I have made birthday videos and slide shows, and if I’m being completely honest, spent way more hours putting them together than was probably normal. And this week as we prepare for son number two’s 21st birthday ...

on all those extra curricular activities…

What is it with parents these days? Why do we feel like we have to cram our kids days and afternoons and weekends with a million different things and make it impossible to have anything that even remotely resembles free time? I’ve known a lot of parents over the many years of standing on school ...

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The Silly Season

So Christmas Day is now only eleven days away. I have to admit that I am suffering from a serious case of Grinch-itis, and am struggling to whip up a whole lot of enthusiasm. It’s not the pressure that is getting to me, rather I think I am suffering from some post-Paris silly-season dysfunctional-family blues. ...

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Brave New World

This post has been tumbling around my head for weeks. There have been fragments of this, bits of that, and I’m not quite sure where it will all go, or what direction it will take. It’s all about the fact that I have two adult sons, and wrapping my head around that. At not yet ...

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Sixteen Candles…

Still on my nostalgia kick, and just about to hit the peak of our family birthday season, I naturally got to thinking about birthdays. There are birthdays and there are birthdays. As a child each and every single one is of earth shattering importance, and as an adult most of us tend to make a ...

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It’s A Long Way Back To Bed…

This post will no doubt be able to write itself, since I have had one of those weeks. It all started last weekend when, amid much excitement, we were eagerly anticipating seeing The Beasts Of Bourbon two nights in a row, with two different lineups and different set-lists. No FFS Until Friday morning when I ...