Category «Parenting»

OK, Yes, My Kids Watch Too Much TV

Is it just me, or are children’s TV programmes these days a little bit weird? My daughters have recently discovered Bubble Guppies. It’s a show about merkids, yet there are cars under the sea and once they all went into space. The theme tune is “Bubble bubble bubble, guppy guppy guppies, bubble bubble bubble, guppy …

On Turning Five

Yesterday, Angie turned five and I thought it would be fun to do a mini-interview with her to mark the occasion. Some of her answers were what I expected, and others surprised me. 1. What was your favourite thing about being four? Mmm . . . was not being happy. I didn’t like being four. …

Practically A Grown-up [Happy Birthday, Baby]

Sweet Angelique, You are five today. Five! Practically a grown-up. You have changed so much in the last year, not just physically but also in terms of the person you are becoming. But we’ll start on the outside and work our way in, because what’s on the inside is what really matters. You are almost …

A Visit From The Tooth Fairy

Angie lost her first tooth yesterday, and I was completely unprepared. I knew it would happen sometime soon, but I hadn’t really given much thought to how we were going to handle it. Would we go with the Tooth Fairy or the Tooth Mouse? The Tooth Rat? Shaka Zulu? (According to my brothers, leaving assegais …

DIY Chore Chart

As part of our countdown to homeschooling – five more sleeps! Yikes! – I made a chore chart for each of the girls. The idea is that once they’ve completed a chore, they clip that chore’s peg onto their chore chart. Hopefully this will get them a little bit more excited about actually doing their …

DIY Calm Down Jar

I am a writer. My husband is an actor. Is it any surprise that our daughters tend to be dramatic? Just about everything has to be a performance – including tantrums. I’m talking mega drama meltdowns here. I’ve also discovered that the age four is quite an emotional age, so while it drives me nuts …

How Do I Count Trials As Joy?

The devil has been whispering at me lately. “You can’t do this. It’s never going to work. The girls are going to drive you nuts. You’re making a big mistake.” It seems that the minute we decided to begin homeschooling next month, the girls began their preschooler version of the defiance campaign. They have been …

Talking About Personal Safety And Stranger Danger

On our way to a birthday party last week, Angie pointed at a man walking his dogs along the pavement. “Mommy, is that a good stranger or a bad stranger?” If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll have noticed that Angie asks a lot of tricky questions, usually at random times when I …