Early experiences vital for children

This parenting gig is a tough one. There are plenty of books advising us on the right way and the wrong way to raise our children but ultimately (for me at least) it's a work in progress. One area I feel we could have done better in the early years was engendering a love of reading in our boys. Sure we read to them but neither have developed a real passion for reading. I … [Read more...]

It’s time for THE talk. S.E.X. Already?

It was an ambush plain and simple. There we were, enjoying a lazy Sunday on the couch. Quality family time and all that. Mr Bean and I were reading books. The youngest was diligently doing his word revision and the eldest, who I have to nag ad nauseam to read finally conceded and picked up a book. But not just any book, he opened his school DICKtionary ... as he likes … [Read more...]

Two weeks down, six weeks to go. Surviving school holidays & staying sane

Are we there yet? I have a love-hate relationship with the summer school holidays. In a perfect world I'd have the full eight weeks off work. But the world isn't perfect. Children have something like 12 weeks holidays a year and working people have four weeks ... six if they're lucky. Maths was never my thing but even I know that's a sum that equals chaos, juggling and … [Read more...]

It’s in the bag

I have a thing for great handbags. It’s my vice. Some women love a glass of chilled white in the afternoon, others a sneaky cigarette. For me it’s all about the handbag. I run a handbag budget, separate to our household spending budget. It’s a little fund that only I know about. A fund that means a couple of times a year I can add to my bag collection. I can’t fully explain … [Read more...]

Say no to painting and play dough

I'm not one of those mums who loves painting and play dough with her children. Nor am I one who savours those looooonnngg hours sitting at the park watching them play. Sorry, I know it's not very PC of me to admit this but admit it I will. Tell me I'm not alone in this. There's heaps of bits of parenting that I adore. Lots of it makes me laugh, but there's parts of … [Read more...]