Now that we are well and truly back into the school year and daily grind, it’s easy for parental guilt to sink in. We’re so busy with work, life and endless to-do lists, we’re exhausted, and playing with our kids is not always our top priority. And it shouldn’t always be, either – that’s life. But, as the single mother of an only child, I can’t help but get the guilts when my daughter asks me to play outside and I don’t have the time (or simply don’t want to). That’s when I remind myself it’s the simple things that … 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
Play – it’s not just for littlies! When we think of play, we tend to think of younger children: usually eight or under, playing games of hide and seek and tag, having fun with dolls and cars, going on imaginary adventures, pretending to be pirates or unicorns. It’s true that younger children love these kinds of games. However, play is important for older children, too! In fact, play is important for children – and adults – of all ages. Play is widely recognised as being vital to children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Schools understand this need, especially in … Read More
Plus FREE printable clues to make it stress-free for you! There’s no escaping it. Easter weekend, your kids are going to eat chocolate. LOTS of chocolate! You may be the healthiest family on the planet, but it doesn’t matter. Your kids will still get so much chocolate from well-meaning friends and relatives, you will probably have to help them eat it. It’s a tough job, this parenting gig, right? So, since a three-day chocolate party is pretty much unavoidable at this time of year, why not get your kids outside and moving with an Easter egg hunt? I know … Read More
This post was written by Rebel from Rebel Without A Pause. It has been republished here with her permission. I’m not sure if it is normal to be this excited about a delivery BUT the cubby house we ordered for the kids for Christmas is on it’s way, and I am beside myself. I know, I know, it’s ‘meant’ to be for the kids, but before they get to it this here mamma gets to play – colour swatches ahoy! Sorry neighbours, this thing is gonna be bright. Think ‘Unicorn vomits a packet of Skittles onto a rainbow’ and you’ll be getting close to the … Read More
Now that we are well and truly back into the school year and daily grind, it’s easy for parental guilt to sink in.We’re so busy with work, life and endless to-do lists, we’re exhausted, and playing with our kids is not always our top priority. And it shouldn’t always be,
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