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US $24.95 Instant Download'm going to start this category off with a great video from You Tube which is hysterically funny and made me feel great. I watched it with one of my kids and we nearly wet ourselves!

It sums up one of the most important things about parenting that comes to mind for me, which is that we are here to provide leadership for our kids and be rock solid for them, setting an example and showing that we care enough to enforce what we know is best for them.

Be strong, mums and dads, believe in yourselves, and watch this cool video clip by Anita Renfroe.


Two children looking at a bookI am in my bedroom working on the notebook (I think we don't call them laptops any more because you can't actually put them on your lap because it blocks the air hole thingy and they can catch on fire) computer (thanks Santa) and listening to my 4 year old boy pretend to read a story from a book to his 3 year old sisters, but which he is really making up.  He's doing voices, and probably actions.  He is quoting the characters, saying " and then he said....."

The bits I can make out are all about how the characters are feeling.  There was a lot of "angry angry angry" a minute ago, and now they're all happy and laughing.  He's throwing in some phrases like "and theeeen", and "the end", but the story seems to keep going after the end.

Now he's moved onto some songs, like I'm a Little Teapot, This Old Man, with back up from the girls, and arguing about the lyrics.

They're supposed to be asleep of course; it's gone half past eight, and my goodness I need my reading glasses.
Scanning room to locate them.  Distance vision much better than close.  Separate article to discuss reading glasses - health category perhaps.

Anyway, point of this post is that your life as a parent just happens to you while other things are going on.  It's nice to stop and enjoy it sometimes.


Child choosing vegetablesMy eldest two daughters, now 15 and 11, always ate vegetables, unless my memory is worse than I think and/or I'm kidding myself.  They certainly enjoy their vegetables very much now.  "Let's just order a pizza or get some fish and chips" I say, exhausted and not in the mood for mess, and they plead for me to cook them vegetables.  I'm not joking, it's really true.  The only issue I have is that one doesn't like zucchini, which is one of my favourites.

But my little ones, 2 and 3 years old, are not great veggie eaters.  What did I do differently?  Where did I go wrong?

They do, however, like to touch, hold, discuss and identify the vegetables.  But my son will not even allow them to touch his plate.  Not even the ever-favourite pumpkin.  He won't even taste it.

As little babies they ate veggies, and lots of them.  Their father would make great batches of home made baby food which we would freeze in little servings.  It would have pumpkin, potato, broccoli, carrots, and all sorts of lovely things good for little babies.  We incorporated beef mince into it too.

But when they get to the age where they want to hold the spoon themselves, and no longer need everything mashed up, it gets tricky.

Three bored looking young kidsIt’s school holidays at the moment here for my older kids.  The challenge for me is to not end up feeling guilty. 

How on earth though, do we manage to not feel guilty when it’s guaranteed that at some stage during the holidays the kids will complain that they’re bored and have nothing to do. 

It’s no good telling them that when we were their age we had to make our own fun, and we certainly didn’t get driven to the pool or the roller skating rink or the zoo every day.  And it’s no good complaining to them that we have limited funds to spend on entertaining them.  They just don't get it. 

So what I do is tell them at the outset, that there will be a set amount of outings, whether it’s one or two a week, and they can each choose some.  That way my schedule and my budget are prepared, the kids know what to expect, and there’s no arguing. 

The other days they are welcome to get together with friends or do things that don’t cost money, and if there’s driving involved for me, there’s a limit, and I don’t guarantee being able to if given no notice. 

We have some visits lined up with family and friends as well, and hey, we parents are allowed to have some time to ourselves too.


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