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Agree!

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.

xx

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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.

xxx

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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: http://thewoodverdict.blogspot.com/2008/04/tom-woods-complete-guide-to-s...

Worth a read. :) x

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