My boy was abducted by aliens

October 21, 2009
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Aliens.  It’s the only explanation. Gone is the self-absorbed, grouchy boy.  The one who was only interested in watching TV, who left a trail of destruction and mess in his wake, who argued with everyone about everything. In his place, we now have a beautiful helpful child.  He asks if there’s anything he can do [...]

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Road Trip Tips

October 7, 2009
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Our recent road trip up to the Coffs Coast involved nearly 3,000 km (about 1,860 miles) of driving.  That doesn’t include sightseeing once we got there.  All in all we spent a good 2 1/2 days in the car each way.  I knew the road trip would be tough on the kids.  We have a [...]

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A Perfectly Imperfect Life

August 20, 2009
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Kate at Picklebums wrote recently about how she had been tending to avoid posting photos because they’re not perfect: the room in the background is messy, the kids are grubby, the light’s not right… I know exactly how she feels, because I go through the same thought process. She decided a challenge was in order [...]

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Raising independent kids

August 18, 2009

Over the weekend I discovered Free Range Kids.  It’s a very interesting blog focusing on letting go and actually letting kids be kids. Anti-helicopter parenting, if you like.  Some of the statistics quoted are disputed by readers, but I think the general premise is a good one.  Rather than being irresponsible with your child’s welfare [...]

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Rise and Shine

August 14, 2009
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Every three months I need to have a test to check the leukaemia markers in my blood.  All it requires from me is a vial of blood; a few mills. But because of the fantastic lab work that has to happen, the test needs to be done in the wee hours of the morning in [...]

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Our Home is Good by Sea

August 4, 2009
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Little Mermaid loves a song.  In fact, over the last few weeks she’s begun to sing almost as much as much as she talks.  That’s a lot. One of my little helpers for some quiet time is her purple iPod Shuffle.  When she’s plugged in I get a good 30 minutes without having to answer [...]

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