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Quick, the Queen is Coming!

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2012/03/16/quick-the-queen-is-coming">Quick, the Queen is Coming!</a>

I do believe I’ve cracked the ‘kids and chores’ code. This week, we played a game that I made up (as you’d be able to tell) called ‘Quick! The Queen is coming!' Here’s how it goes ... Read full article

Magazine Living with Children - I Can't Do It

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2011/04/25/magazine-living-with-children-i-cant-do-it">Magazine Living with Children - I Can&#039;t Do It</a>

While I privately salivate over images of 'magazine' houses, I have publicly railed against what I see as a modern day obsession with having a perfect home, a home that is forever 'open house' ready. I do not understand how such homes can allow children, let alone adults, the ability to unleash their creativity. Not long ago I attended a birthday party where the children’s bedrooms were jaw-droppingly beautiful. They really did look like something out of a Home Beautiful catalogue, but apart from jealousy something else bothered me. Read full article

Just Like My House, I'm Perfect - Aren't You?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/03/28/just-like-my-house-im-perfect-arent-you">Just Like My House, I&#039;m Perfect - Aren&#039;t You?</a>

I spent half an hour in front of the television this morning before starting work. I should have been putting away the folded washing or wiping down the kitchen benches or picking up the shirt label that was dropped on the lounge room floor by Mr 15 when he opened his new shirt … 2 weeks ago. If I knew you were coming over for coffee this morning, I would have put away, wiped and picked up, and I would have emptied the dish drainer and swept the front hallway and maybe even vacuumed the stairs. I would have baked you a cake and I would have remembered to open the window in the dining room to let some fresh air flow through the house. Why? Read full article

School Holidays - How I Don't Work From Home

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/11/school-holidays-how-i-dont-work-from-home">School Holidays - How I Don&#039;t Work From Home</a>

I have cheated a bit in this blogpost title. I do work from home, and I work from home during the school holidays. This makes me feel very lucky and sometimes very frustrated. It's quite challenging to make working from home work during the school holidays. Like all parents working from home, my frustration comes from wanting to still be productive at work in spite of needing (and wanting) to be more present as a mother. Read full article

Who Wants to Be a Domestic Goddess?

<a href="/blogs/gillianmartin/2010/10/31/who-wants-to-be-a-domestic-goddess">Who Wants to Be a Domestic Goddess?</a>

Yes we’ve all been to another mother’s house that has looked like she’s spent the morning actually licking it clean with her own tongue as if a lifestyle magazine photo shoot were happening that very afternoon instead of your visit for tea, biscuits and gossip. That woman will soon be having a breakdown in the middle of a supermarket aisle: you do not want to be her. Read full article