Mental Nourishment- What to Feed Your Child’s Mind
Recently my son couldn’t untangle a yoyo, and I was shocked when my daughter’s feisty response was, ‘that’s because you’re a male! A female could do that easily!’ I explained that successfully untying a yoyo had nothing to do with gender. This blew up in to a fiery argument! Later upon reflection I realised her sexist outburst was caused by their bedtime story! Elijah (4) is going through the superhero phase, so naturally selected a superhero book from the library.
How Nannup Music Festival Motivates Kids to Learn an Instrument
On the long weekend, my family and I had an AMAZING time at Nannup music festival– I’m still buzzing with excitement! On our way home we bought a cello off Gumtree, for my son Kale, who couldn’t wait to start practicing! Now Kale is our genius kid who has perfect pitch. When you play a particular note on an instrument, he can tell you exactly what note you’re playing, just from the sound of it!
How to Make a Difference in 3 Steps
Is it possible to make a difference in this world? When I first heard about human trafficking, I thought I had to radically change my life, move overseas and home school my kids while my husband busted down doors and rescued people! For some reason, my husband wasn’t keen on the idea! I dwelled upon all my limitations and the things I couldn’t do, and this lead to feeling overwhelmed and months of depression! I knew I needed to do […]
University Entrance through a Tip School in Cambodia
It’s that time when things get a bit hectic in the lead up to the new school year in Australia! Some of the things whirling around in my mind: the logistics of having four primary school aged kids going to three different schools, buying iPads, wondering if my kindy kid who goes on alternate Wednesdays starts next Wednesday or not, being at home alone for the first time as an adult because my baby will be in kindy, wondering if I’m […]
8 Tips to Help You Climb the Parenting Mountain
Parenting is like climbing a mountain. Literally! Last week I climbed Bluff Knoll with my family. The idea of reaching the summit together seemed like a romantic adventure, but in reality it was hard work! Sometimes we can start our parenting journey with wonderful expectations of how glorious it will be, and then reality hits. We can find ourselves feeling guilty for wishing it away! The sign at Bluff Knoll said that after years of weathering the mountain range had […]
Teach Kids to Save Money- Interview with Lacey Filipich from Money School
Teach Kids to Save Money My kids and their bookworm friends created a book club this year, called ‘Imagine Hope and Pepper Stories’, where the kids read the same book and talked about it together. One of the books they read was ‘Bunny Money’ by Lacey White (now Lacey Filipich), founder of Money School. This book is a tool which can teach kids to save money. In a nutshell the book is about two twin bunnies, Nate and Nessa. On their 10th birthday, […]
Beauty From Ash’s on 96FM Perth
People have been asking me about how I got my daughter Ashleya to be the featured guest on 96FM Perth for a whole week! Well, the truth is, it wasn’t anything to do with me! So the Beauty From Ash’s story starts about a year ago when Ash (10) won $1000 for waving a Weet Bix sign at the cricket and decided to start a natural lip balm business with the prize money, donating $2 from each pot sold to […]
How to Raise Entrepreneurial Kids
It’s a bit of an exciting time for my entrepreneurial 10 year old daughter Ashleya. She won $1000 at the cricket for waving a Weet Bix sign and wanted to donate it all to my fundraising, as I was in the process of raising $20K for a World Vision Child Rescue Centre in Cambodia through my music. It was a sweet and generous offer, but I suggested to Ashleya that she give to a cause she was really passionate about.
How to Grow Happy Kids
I love the way RUOK Day makes it OK to ask someone else if they are feeling OK mentally. But what about asking ourselves too? I remember feeling depressed after having my babies, and although each mum has a unique experience, I’m pretty sure every mum can relate to feeling down after having a baby! In Kirstin Bouse’s book The Conscious Mother, it says that a happy mum makes happy kids, and that it takes a village to raise a mum […]
How to Teach Your Boys about Love
Father’s Day can bring up many thoughts and feelings for people. If you’re lucky enough to have a loving partner who is a good dad to your kids, then you are very blessed. Not all dads are there as they should be for a number of reasons. This quote from Raising Boys sums it up: ‘A fair number of dads were violent, scary or drank too much. Many were traumatised by war and hard to get close to. Some men […]