Although there was a time when I thought it was. Back in my idealistic youth, before we had kids, adoption was our Plan B. "If we can't have children, we'll..." and all that. Truth be told, I was bloody scared that we wouldn't be able to have children - because then we'd have to face the messy … [Read more...] about ADOPTION IS NOT PLAN ‘B’
Parenting is such a challenging role! And there are so many people telling us how we should do it.
I am not one of those people. But I hope that by sharing my own - often highly flawed - experiences, I can offer reassurance and empathy to others going through similar challenges.
I promised there'd be a couple of surprises here on the blog for 2015, so here's the first: I'm excited to share with you that Famille Desert are in the process of adoption! Whoop! It's something I'm buzzing to write more about in the future but, for now, let me take you back a few years and share … [Read more...] about HOW WE ARRIVED AT OUR DECISION TO ADOPT
Missy has had nits. I've dealt with a lot of grossness in my 5+ years as a mum: poo in epic proportions, wind which factors on the Richter scale, and vomit to make our house resemble a University halls of residence in Fresher's Week. I've been drenched in wee, baby sick and blood; wiped noses, … [Read more...] about NITS AND THE SACRIFICES OF PARENTING
OK, so I know play is important. Develops social skills, helps kids make sense of their world, bonds them with their parents, yada yada yada... I have no problem with play. To an extent. Games? No problem. Jigsaws? I could do them all day. Books? Love them. Basically, I'm pretty good at things … [Read more...] about I DON’T UNDERSTAND MY 3 YEAR OLD’S PLAY
Well, we're well and truly on the home run now! Five precious days, and this long term will be over. For those of us whose kids began school in September, this term will have been significant. There will have been huge leaps forward, perhaps some setbacks, new things learnt (for them and for us), … [Read more...] about FIVE WAYS TO BLESS YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER AT THE END OF TERM (IN LESS THAN 5 MINUTES)
When I wrote about why we were sending our son to a school in special measures last summer, it got a big response. We're now half a term in to our son's school career. Forget what he's learnt - I feel like I've been on a hugely steep learning curve since term began. And already God has graciously … [Read more...] about THINGS I’VE LEARNT SINCE SENDING MY CHILD TO A SCHOOL IN SPECIAL MEASURES
Each year, my kids get to choose their party theme. So far, this has resulted in much more interesting and quirky ideas than I could have thought of. Usually I hit Google with the themes they've chosen, and a variety of supermum blogs come up trumps and give me the ideas I need. But this year, Mr … [Read more...] about PETER RABBIT THEMED 5TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
Prior to having my kids, I was a teacher. I longed to help my children succeed in school, but realised that much of this came down to parental input. Now I'm a parent, I get to put some of my ideas into practice. And the best part? I get to share them with you! Here are my very best tips to help … [Read more...] about 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN SCHOOL
When both Missy and her best friend independently asked us mums for a fairy party to celebrate their 3rd birthdays, a joint bash seemed obvious. Born just eight days apart, I wasn't sure how two fairy parties on consecutive weekends would go down...and, perhaps slightly too enthusiastically, urged … [Read more...] about FAIRY-THEMED 3RD BIRTHDAY PARTY