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I Used To Do That All The Time

29/10/2010 - 09:13

I remember doing that a fair bit as a kid. We'd drive home late evening from my sister's place (she lived on the other side of the river in Perth) and I'd feel so tired, I didn't want to get up and walk inside, so I would pretend to be asleep. I'd hear my Mum say, "Oh, she's asleep." Dad would offer to carry me in, and then I'd miraculously awaken once I reached my bedroom!

It's quite a nice little memory for me. :)

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I'm So With You...

29/10/2010 - 09:09

Great post, Sophie. Have always enjoyed your writing. ;)

We took our 'big boys" (two eldest) to Italy in 2005. The 8yo was 3 back then; the 6yo was 18mths. We left Sydney at 10pm, thinking 'oh, they'll sleep as soon as we get on the plane'. They were both so excited, it was after midnight when the 6yo fell asleep, and about 1.30am when the 8yo did.

And why is it, that when kids do *finally* decide to sleep on planes, they do so, like, 15 minutes before the plan is about to land?

By the time we got to London (our stop before Milan - we used points) I had been awake for over 40 hours, the kids were exhausted, and we could hardly function.

However, when we returned home to Sydney, it was better, because we flew *in* at night, and went to bed at a normal bed time, so we didn't end up with much jet lag at all!

That's my tip: schedule flights to arrive early evening, so you can get to bed and just sleeeeeep.


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Lovely post..and spot on

29/10/2010 - 09:00

This was great, Sally.

There are definitely people who try their hardest to portray a perfect life to others, but all parents know that's impossible.

And anyway...I kind of think that all the good and the bad that comes with parenting *is* perfect in a way. It's how life is.


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Some Adults Have The Same Problem!

29/10/2010 - 08:57

I agree Yvette. I don't like the use of these words, and if I heard my 3 boys using them, I'd be correcting them.

But what about parents? I have a friend whose husband has often said to his kids, "What are you...retarded or something?" and I don't like it. He has used it around my kids too.

Also, on Twitter yesterday, a girl I really like also used 'retarded' in a tweet, and I was going to DM her and say, 'You shouldn't use that', but I chickened out!

I'd have no problem telling a child - other's children included - to watch their mouths, but have a problem telling adults the same thing! They are examples to their kids. Not always good ones.

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10/07/2010 - 10:00

Carol - I have never read the story of your Mum's death before this. I think I started reading your blog around the time you scattered her ashes. So beautifully written - and my heart goes out to you that you had to go through that.

Your sons are so fortunate to have had their time with your Mum, and I'm quite certain they will have gorgeous memories of her. My sons hardly see their grandparents, especially my parents, because they are in their 80s and they all live in Perth. However, just yesterday, when we were washing an apple, the 8yo went to polish it with the tea towel, and said, "Remember how Grandma always does this?" She did it ONCE for him, years ago in Perth, and he remembers. I can't tell you how heartwarming that was for me to hear him say that.

My sister died at the age of 17 when I was about 6mths old. So, even though I didn't, in theory, know her, I feel as though I do, because my parents - my Mum especially - always spent time talking about Valda and telling us funny stories and the like. I could describe her as though we had grown up together. I think that's really important. To keep talking about them after they die. Some people find it difficult, but it's so very important to do.


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10/07/2010 - 09:46

I've always been a big believer that a happy Mum makes a happy child. I once wrote that in reply to a blog post from a woman who believed there are no excuses - all women should stay home with their children and that sacrificing a little happiness of our own should be more than ok. I applauded her for her honesty, but I explained that some women just need to do more, and that no one starts off being a parent knowing for absolute certainty what it's going to be like. That's why I can't stand the whole, "Well, then why did they have kids in the first place?" question, because many people think it's going to be very different than what it is. I know lots of women who imagined they'd become SAHMs, but returned to work, and mums who thought they would return to work after 4mths, but couldn't do it and quit their jobs. Each to their own.

My eldest is 8 and a half too, and I'm yet to spend a night away from my kids - but I'm going with a girlfriend to Melbourne for 3 nights in July, and I'm just a tad excited. That doesn't mean I don't love my kids and don't want to be with them - it's just ok to need time to yourself, and if I could do it all over again, I probably wouldn't have waited so long to do it, and I'd always advise mothers to get some time out for themselves!

Great post, Carol. xx

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Spot On

10/07/2010 - 09:35

Sarah - a great article.

I've always believed the books you read can influence the way you communicate and write. Our 8yo son has always enjoyed Harry Potter and Deltora Quest, but over the last year, he started reading damn Pokemon books and the like. It showed in his writing at school. Short, punchy sentences, rather than longer, flowing, descriptive ones. Even though we were always also reading "to" him Roald Dahl books etc, it is getting him to read the text himself which makes a big difference. We're reading Danny Champion of the World at the moment, and I'll often stop and say, "Now, listen to how Roald Dahl describes [this] and [that]." And I'll read it and re-read it. I'm hoping it's sinking in!

Essentially, we are a big reading family. Stories every night, and from a very young age (babies). One of my favourite photos of my 8yo was taken when he was about 6mths old. He's lying on his tummy on a rug, a Spot book open in his hands, and pointing to the text as though he's "reading" it. Gorgeous.


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What an Amazing Gal

10/07/2010 - 09:27

Dainere's story is so moving. She is so articulate and intelligent - and gorgeous to boot. What proud parents she must have.

Carol - you have done something amazing for this family. I'm going to go on the hunt for Dainere's book when I head to the shops today. What an inspirational young lady.

Oh, and Dainere's right - as someone who has had the privilege of speaking to you, I can concur that the first time we spoke I felt like we'd known each other a long time and were old friends. You are gorgeous, and I'm so glad I "met" you.


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Tricky Kids

07/07/2010 - 19:45

Great info here - might just have to pick up Andrew's book, because we have our fair share of tricky behavior in this house!

I actually think the 6yo likes the attention when we tell him off for something. He gets a smile on his face - it's not a smirk of "so there", but more of a "I'm pleased" kind of smile! Think I'll have to remove him from his audience in future!

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Great post Allison! I saw a

05/07/2010 - 17:35

Great post Allison!

I saw a really good presentation on this subject at one of our school's P&F General Meetings last year. We had a great handout, which included a copy of a post written by a (then) 16yr old Melb boy, Tom Wood, who had his own blog, The Wood Verdict (don't think he has continued it). He gave a great rundown on how both kids and parents can deal with cyberbullying, and tips on what to do if you face a cyberbully.

Here's the link:

Worth a read. :) x

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