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I Have Nana Envy

By - 01/09/2011 - 12:17

I have a bad case of Nana envy this week. It’s all my friends’ fault. Friend number one – let’s call her Snow White – is heading off for a week’s skiing in Falls Creek. She tells me that they have friends living down that way, who will pick them up from the airport. I’m wondering what sort of people mover these friends have, to be able to accommodate two adults, three children and a week’s worth of luggage. "Oh no," says Snow White. : "Our kids aren’t coming – their nana is going to look after them for the week." Read full post

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Emmanuel Kelly on the X Factor - Must See Inspiration for all Children

By - 01/09/2011 - 13:21

If there is only one video you take the time to watch with your children this week, please let it be this one. Arun Abey who occasionally blogs for this site, shared this video with me today. it features the moving and gorgeous singing performance of Emmanuel Kelly on the Australian X Factor - rescued from an Iraqi orphanage with his brother, Emmanuel and his family demonstrate love, compassion, determination and everything that is good about humanity. I promise you will want to show this video to your children. Read full post

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I Was Not a Shy Child

By - 07/09/2011 - 11:05

I’m quite an outgoing person – not a ‘raving extrovert’ but do I love meeting people, finding out all I can about them, telling them something (okay, a lot) about me, and I thrive in other people’s company. I love talking and chatting and debating – you might’ve already figured that out about me by now. But I don’t fit all the stereotypes of an extrovert ... One of our boys was quite a tentative young man when he was a toddler and young primary school student. Read full post

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A Visit to a Farmers' Market is Part of our Family Life

By - 08/09/2011 - 15:24

Food has been on my mind lately. When is it not? Some would say I am quite obsessed by it. Sometimes I have been thinking about feeding my child. I didn't completely understand the amount of time and energy that would be put in, usually by me, to plan, cook and arrange, meals for my child. Not always by me. Every morning, Benedict's porridge is served by his daddy. It's their time, breakfast. It is a two-fold joy. Usually, it is a smooth, easy time ... The other thing I am thinking a lot about, is where our food comes from. Nearly everything fresh, that comes into this house, is from somewhere nearby that I could go to if I wanted to, to see where it is made. Read full post

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Mindfulness and Motherhood - A Way of Finding Calm

By - 09/09/2011 - 14:29

"I don't know how you do it." I never quite know whether this comment equals pity or amazement, but my reply is usually, "I don't know. I just do it." ... Nobody has a one-size-fits-all answer of how to stop the merry-go-round, but there are ways that we can gain renewed patience and calmness, that have a positive effect on our children’s wellbeing too. Read full post

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Mummy, Are You Beautiful? - What Would You Say?

By - 12/09/2011 - 11:32

"Mummy, am I beautiful?" - "Yes, you are so beautiful!" - "Mummy, are you beautiful?" Children don’t realise how confronting, or how relevant, their questions can be. When my three-year-old daughter posed the question, "Are you beautiful?" to me, I hesitated. And I gave her the answer I knew I should give: "Yes. Yes, I am." This is a question that, once upon a time, I would have laughed at. Read full post

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Will Your Children be Boomerang Adults?

By - 20/09/2011 - 13:37

It is reported that there is a trend towards young adults moving back home to their parents' houses after study or a few years of work. Often this is for financial reasons but there are other good reasons too. This is referred to as the "Boomerang Generation". On Channel 7's The Morning Show Yvette Vignando discusses why this might be happening and some ideas for parents and adult children to make the boomerang experience go smoothly. Read full post

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Operation Smile - Creating a Smile on a Young Girl's Face

By - 21/09/2011 - 12:17

This video was shared on Twitter by a lovely friend who, like me, was moved by the moving reaction of a young Brazilian girl after a cleft palate operation. Watch her face when she sees herself in the camera towards the end - it's perfect slice of happiness. Operation Smile is a charity organisation that heals children's smiles - they measure themselves by the joy they see on faces. Read full post

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Family Meal - the Best Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce

By - 28/09/2011 - 15:08

If I had to name just one recipe that is a family staple in our house it would be Spaghetti Bolognaise. Or more correctly – Spaghetti Bolognese. Since moving out of home, falling in love with a man of Italian origin and also falling in love with his Italian parents and family here, my version of this essential family dish has been refined to the point that I think I can boastfully say – this Bolognese sauce is as tasty and delicious as I can make it. Here is the recipe. Read full post

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