Hattie and Joe are learning to read. Every night, we listen to them work their way through a couple of books each, and it’s amazing to see them becoming familiar with words. However, I feel like some of their books could be modernised to better reflect life in 2018. Take this modern classic, for example:… Continue reading Mum is…
Ten years ago, when I wasn’t yet ready to have children, I couldn’t imagine how people reorganised their lives to include the challenges of parenthood. Seven years ago, when we were halfway through the four years it took me to get pregnant, I didn’t believe that it would ever happen for me. Five years and… Continue reading Five years later
Hattie and Joe have been hard work over the past few days. We think it’s mostly to do with the disruption of the past couple of weeks: finishing at kindy; staying at different places; having meals out (many of which I’ve written about on my new blog, Kiwi Café Kids); and generally not following any… Continue reading Kids and jobs
Last year I came up with a fun Christmas idea, and since we’ve just done it again this year I thought I’d share the details. We’d written letters to Santa and sent them via the generic NZ Post Santa service the year before, but the replies were fairly unsatisfactory: obviously they can’t customise anything, but… Continue reading Letters to Santa
This week’s post is all about the four year old testosterone surge in four year old boys. Spoiler alert: I think it’s nonsense – not that four year old boys can’t be challenging (believe me, I know how challenging four year olds can be), but that a testosterone surge is what ‘causes’ it. And before… Continue reading The myth of testosterone surges
We took Hattie and Joe out for dinner last night, which was hugely exciting for them because it involved being up past their normal bedtime. They were a little disappointed that it was still light when we got home, but all in all they were satisfied with their dining experience, which involved apple juice (drinking… Continue reading Out for dinner
It’s now been two months since we started our new sticker chart reward system for good behaviour, so I wanted to write about whether it had led to any lasting changes in our house. I’ve illustrated this post with photos from one of our recent ‘weekly treats’ – a family cupcake-baking session, at Joe’s request.… Continue reading Sticker charts: a game-changer!