Coping with Santa’s Endless List

Coping with Santa’s Endless List

      For the past six months, every time the kids have begged me for a toy that they absolutely must have, I have told them “put it on your Santa list”. It seemed a convenient way to deflect their endless wanting, and putting off actually having to...
That Mother

That Mother

    When did I become ‘that mother’? The frazzled woman in the supermarket desperately opening squeezie yoghurts before she buys them, just to mute her mutinously whining tribe of kids. That mother who allows her four-year-old to watch ‘Gangam Style’ on...
Kids and the Wobbly Bits

Kids and the Wobbly Bits

  Kids are so honest. I love, and hate this. My kids are still in that blissfully unaware stage, where social constraints have not yet clamped down upon their eager little tongues. My son Dashiell very matter-of-factly told me this morning, “Mama, you have a fat,...
Just a Little ‘Mothering Moment’…I Think

Just a Little ‘Mothering Moment’…I Think

    I recently had a small “mother moment”. A moment that left me feeling slightly ashamed and wishing I had been better and bigger as a person. Let me clarify, this type of moment is more than just your usual everyday: “damn I shouldn’t have shouted at the...

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