Parenting and the Inevitability of Chaos – plus three tips that might help.

street-chalk-73583_1280Remember the days before kids? All your time was your own, your home was your own; you were the boss of you. I can’t imagine going back to those days before our children arrived, but there is one thing that I constantly struggle with. Disorder.

When we brought our first daughter home from hospital I followed all the advice that said ‘forget the housework, it will keep’. I also thought that the chaos this brought with it was temporary and once we got in to a ‘routine’ our house would go back to normal. In a way it did go back to normal – but the meaning of normal changed in a monumental way! [Read more…]

Six Ways to Manage the Christmas Mayhem

piper_heidsieckChristmas is a wonderful, but exhausting, time. If you have young children, even more so. Combine the grown up Christmas catch ups with the school nativity concert, kinder Santa visit, the Christmas Carol events, and the stealth-like visits to the shopping centre on behalf of Mr Claus, and it makes for one crazy time.

I would consider myself to be an extrovert – I don’t mean loud and boisterous (although possibly) but more that I thrive on the company of others. I love to socialise, I love a party and I love company. But, without a doubt, this needs to be balanced out with down time and time alone. Properly alone, not just at home with my family. So, while I love Christmas, I also find it a challenge because that alone time that I really need (not just want, but need) is rarely available.

So this is a guide for the solitude-challenged. Here are a few tips for getting through the thick of the Christmas mayhem. [Read more…]

👣October 15 – Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day 💔

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For all the families out there that have lost a baby, October 15th is a day dedicated to you and remembering the babies that we have lost. 💔

It is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It was founded in America but every year it is growing and is fast becoming an international day of remembrance. This is because the pain of losing a baby is universal.

Too many families suffer their grief in private because our culture does not provide a forum for the grief that comes with a miscarriage, still born child or infancy loss. It is too terrible to talk about, more than any other type of grieving, this is shunned. It is extremely isolating and sadly, friends and families remaining silent compound that isolation. [Read more…]

150 Years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Timeless Inspiration

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“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Says the Queen to Alice, perfectly reflecting the upside down world that is Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is loaded with promise for what is possible; for what may come. July 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

These ‘impossible things’ that Queen speaks of illuminate the endless possibilities contained in the book and are part of why the story has endured. It is one of the most influential children’s books in modern history.

In a world dominated by Disney and Nickelodeon, classics such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can be lost amongst the noise of Frozen and Spongebob. The story has inspired a huge body of work, both in book cover designs and other mediums which are beyond the realm of children’s literature.

The 150th anniversary of publication is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the creative value of this classic children’s story, and what this means for our children. Juliette O’Conor, Children’s Research Librarian at the State Library Victoria says “The first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was pivotal in changing perceptions of children’s fiction, until then there was a very strong sense of moral purpose in literature for children.”

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This article was written by Collette Beck and was first published on Essential Kids website.

Image courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess blog

Give Yourself Something Worth Celebrating!

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The end of the financial year never really had much significance for me; June 30 meant checking the letter box for my group certificate and making an appointment for my tax return. But I was reflecting on the fact that half the year had gone by (and so so quickly) and I realised that if I didn’t stop and consider things, the rest of the year would disappear without warning. I didn’t (and don’t) want to get to Christmas 2015 and think to myself ‘damn, I wished I checked in to see how I was travelling’.

Of course, I can say that now. Now that I’ve done it. I pulled out my lined journal that I wrote my goals in for 2015 and had a little look-see to check on my progress. What I found was very illuminating! [Read more…]