Dear Nasty Lady, How are you? I’m fine. Actually, I take back the ‘how are you?’ because you’d have answered with some sort of pained statement containing an expletive about socks or something about needing a stubby. We really enjoyed the school holidays. It was all very relaxed and fun. I’m sorry you missed it … Continue reading A letter to the woman who drove our children to town this morning
We’re late. We need to be out the door. But you’re doing up your buttons. There’s three of them. So we’re going to be at least 30 more seconds late. And I still have to strap you into your carseat and unstrap you when we get there. That’s another 8 seconds. I’ll carry you to … Continue reading I did up her buttons. Apparently I just ruined our child.
After yesterday, we know that if you want time, you have to make it. So from now on, I should make time to read. I like reading. And I really love writing. And everything I've ever read about how to be a good writer says to read a lot. My days were full and I never … Continue reading Reading a novel is not self-indulgent. Repeat.
Some mornings I squint at the clock radio on the other side of the bed, trying to tell whether the first digit in the little mass of blurry green lights is a 5, 6 or 8, wishing it was none of those, but knowing it has to be one of them. I'd like it to … Continue reading Sleep? Overrated.
You know it's going to be full-time; 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the rest of your life. You know beforehand that no formal qualifications are required, and afterwards you’ll know that many are needed and on-the-job training is certainly provided. But there’s no position description for being a mother. Nowhere to … Continue reading The best job I’ve ever had
Now I get it when parents say how excited they are about school holidays arriving and then how excited they are about school going back. This two-week break since Easter has been the first of the school holidays that we’ve had (since Elsie only started school this year). And I loved the first week. It flew … Continue reading School holiday highs and lows
Sometimes your child says or does something really good (like winning an award at school for always using her manners) and you can’t help but credit your parenting. Like when the Goal Attack tries not to smile as she jogs back to her position after shooting a goal. But for every action there is an … Continue reading Is my toddler lonely if she has an imaginary friend?
I'm not the first mother to blog about mother's guilt. Its in blogs from other crafty work-at-home-mums (or WAHMs as they're called in endless websites, support groups and forums), books about parenting, and conversations amongst girlfriends. Germaine Greer said that women are capable of feeling guilty no matter what. If we're juggling work, home and family, we're guilty. … Continue reading Mother’s guilt