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...
Percy: Halloween’s a Horror

Percy: Halloween’s a Horror

  One of the great things about being an Australian kid up until the 1990’s was that we didn’t have to suffer Halloween. If there is a more meaningless or ridiculous excuse for retailers to cash in on a crass and highly commercial American obscenity which has no...
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...
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