With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d get the inside scoop on what makes a cubby house the best present ever. And who better to ask than a six-year-old? In this piece of serious investigative reporting, I talk to six-year-old Cailin about her cubby house and why she thinks all kids should have one. Hi Cailin. How are you today? “Good.” Excellent. I’m well, too, thanks for asking. So, what do you like about your cubby house? “It’s colourful. And it looks nice. And there are these little shelves in it for plants. And there’s a little walkway … Read More
“MUM! DAD! Is that my Christmas present?” We’ve all been there. (At least, I hope we all have …) It’s five weeks before Christmas, the kids have been searching the house for 45 weeks, trying to sniff out their Christmas booty, until EUREKA! They’ve found your cunningly clever Christmas-present hiding spot (it’s always at the top of a cupboard, isn’t it?). Sigh. And that’s just ONE annoying bit about Christmas-present buying. There’s also: Battling the shopping centre crowds. Being forced to listen to the same Christmas jingles in each shop. DECIDING what to buy (ugh!). Wasting heaps of money on … Read More
Let’s face it, kids can be pretty gross. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has shrieked, “Don’t touch me don’t touch me DON’T TOUCH ME!” with steadily increasing volume at my child’s brown and sticky outstretched hands. If it’s not messy, it’s just not fun. Mud, glue, dirt, insects, feathers, sand, glitter … these are all things my six-year-old daughter loves to play with. They also have a delightful way of ending up in my handbag. And sometimes my hair. I swear I could have made my own backyard sandpit by now with the amount of sand I … Read More
We are full swing into spring, but where I live in Queensland, it feels like summer already! This means my daughter (AKA the human heat bead) will FINALLY be dressed appropriately for the next six months – and I will stop getting tut-tutted whenever I take her anywhere (she refuses to wear a jumper or anything remotely warm, even when everyone else is wearing five layers of clothing and clutching hot water bottles). It also means we parents need to keep a few things in mind as our littlies play outside. Children’s bodies don’t cool down as quickly as adults. … Read More
“MUM! Let’s play chasey.” “MUM! Jump on the trampoline with me!” “MUM! If you don’t play hide and seek, you can never have coffee again.” “MUM! I’ll pretend I’m a cat, and you pretend you’re mum.” Sometimes, I just don’t want to play. Scratch that, about 98% of the time, I don’t want to play! Every day, usually multiple times, my six-year-old daughter demands I play some kind of (often baffling) game with her, and all I want to do is stamp my feet and cry, “I DON’T WANT TO!” Apart from the fact this is not exactly setting a … Read More
With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d get the inside scoop on what makes a cubby house the best present ever. And who better to ask than a six-year-old?In this piece of serious investigative reporting, I talk to six-year-old Cailin about her cubby house and why she thinks
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