Most nights, my daughter hurries me through dinner and the washing up to sit in our yard and look at the stars. “Mum! Mum! Want to see the Peter Pan star?” The brightest star we can find is always the Peter Pan star (in Disney’s version of Peter Pan, Neverland is located “second star to the right and straight on till morning”). We also check in on the moon and celebrate when we see a shooting star. Sometimes, we only last the crisp night air for a few minutes. Other nights, my daughter could be out there all night if … Read More
Sick of being indoors? Here are 9 ideas for winter play There are different kinds of people in this world. Some are summer people, some are winter people. Some people feel invigorated by the rain, and some of us get our crazy on a la Kathy Bates in the film Misery. But when you have kids, it’s best not to wear your dressing gown all day and mumble about getting “the blues” while polishing your axe! Despite grey skies and drizzling rain, there is fun to be had outdoors. So, grab your boots, scarf and sense of fun, and help … Read More
Like peas and corn, tomatoes and basil, rosemary and thyme – children and dirt go hand in hand! Most kids love being outside, digging in the dirt, splashing in puddles, picking flowers and looking for bugs. But did you know gardening has powerful developmental benefits, too? Nature is a wonderful educator, and gardening is an easy way to get your children outdoors and learning new skills. You don’t need an enormous backyard, either. Just a small space will do, or even a large container. From planting and weeding, to mulching and picking, gardening is a healthy and fun educational activity … Read More
If there’s one sentence I fear more than any other, it’s this: “Mum? Mum! MUUUUM! Can I do painting?” Well, there goes my afternoon, I say to myself as I wonder just how big the radius of paint splatter will be this time. I’m no artist. Yet somehow, an afternoon of painting always ends up with me holding the paintbrush while my daughter plays art director. “Now, do a dinosaur. NO! Not a purple dinosaur! A green dinosaur! Now paint a caterpillar. Now paint Harry Potter. Now paint Elsa and Anna in the castle with the ice magic and the … Read More
Before my daughter was born (and was affectionately known as The Blob), there were several things I swore I would never do as a parent: Let her eat sugar Give her packaged foods Dress her in pink Raise my voice Let her watch TV before she turned one In fact, I would eliminate all digital technology and instead she would entertain herself with old-fashioned games, like hopscotch, tiddly winks and book readin’ Despite placing my hand on her upmarket baby carrier and making these solemn oaths, safe to say, I failed at every one (also, she hated the baby carrier). … Read More
If you’re reading this, you’re probably a parent. So, you know the Christmas drill: Buy copious amounts of $1-$50 toys. Look up gift-wrapping ideas on Pinterest. Think to heck with that. Wrap presents as quickly as possible and get sticky tape stuck in your hair. Throw presents under Christmas tree. Eat
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