Boyses 12/05/13

Puzzles Sir A is super into puzzles now that he’s figured them out. He’s mastered all the 9 and 12 piece ones, the big 36 piece animal/alphabet puzzle, and will no doubt figure out the 35 piece cars puzzles I bought the other day. All easy peasy for Lord B. I think it’s time to … Continue reading

Boyses 30/03/13 – sleeping, eating, and having a wah

Eating:¬† Lord B seems to have come out of a food/vege juice strike, much to my relief. For weeks he was having hardly any juice, and saying things like “I can’t drink it much faster, I’ll get sick”. No idea where he got that idea. Anyway, he’ll eat carrots and apples as is but I … Continue reading

Boyses 30/03/13 – brotherly love (and resulting motherly sanity)

The boyses have been playing together really well lately. As in I can actually not see them for tens of minutes at a time while they play in the sandpit or with their trains or ride their bikes or push each other around in the pram or whatever else they come up with. I’m putting … Continue reading

Why we changed our minds about smacking

Summary (for those too lazy busy to read the whole thing). We’ve come to view treating¬†symptoms¬†(punishing) as far less effective than treating causes. We find punishment demeaning and disrespectful. Smacking a child for smacking (a common unacceptable behaviour) seems hypocritical. There’s plenty of evidence that suggests smacking causes more harm than good. There are plenty … Continue reading

Boyses 30/01/13

Oh how sweet my boyses are. Lord B goes back to school So yesterday Lord B went back to school. He was not keen on the idea, being convinced he was going to miss us horribly. Mrs Townsend understands his nature and was fine with me sitting on the “resting chair” for a bit while … Continue reading

Sleep log (Sir A) 17/01/13

Yeah, probably no one else cares, but where else am I going to store all this info? So, the first night Sir A did well. Slept 2.5 or so hours before first waking, and two times after that I think. The next day I thought I’d be brave and not feed him to sleep for … Continue reading

Things I’ve learnt the hard way as a parent

I’ve learnt lots of useful things over the last almost 3 years as a parent. Before I forget them or they become instinctive I thought I’d write them down. They might even help someone else out. Here’s the list. As I write each post I’ll kindly add a link so you can read more of … Continue reading

Not shouting

So just before I said all about my day. (Actually Lord B isn’t quite asleep – I tried to extract my foot and he attempted to spirit my hand away from the keys, so I had to give my foot back.) I just wanted to elaborate on how amazing it is that there was no … Continue reading

What a day.

Today was a surprisingly good day. An exceptionally busy and tiring one, but good. By good I mean that I got lots of things done, had some good bonding time with the kids, and didn’t shout. Not once. Really. After Mass we said goodbye to Daddy for the day and headed off to the shops. … Continue reading

Learning to behave appropriately at Mass

If you’ve ever been to Mass at St Pius X, Melville, (or a few other places) you’ll have heard my children. When it was just Lord B is was fairly manageable, though I didn’t much enjoy waddling about after him while super pregnant. But once there were two of them it got a whole lot … Continue reading