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It can be really hard flying long haul with a toddler.  Joshi (almost 22 months) is full of beans and loves being active.  Of course he does – he’s got the whole world to explore!  While that’s wonderful, it doesn’t bode well for being confined on a long-haul flight.   This week we’re flying 14.5 hours from Australia to South Africa, followed by a two hour transit and then another 1 hour hop.   Plonking him down in front of a movie or ipad is...

Meggan, her brother and scary Santa I was terrified of Santa as a kid.  When I was 20 months old, mum took us to the country club to see him.  I was so afraid. Instead of sitting on his lap I hung on tightly to mum and cried.  There was no way I was going to leave her arms for his.  At 2 and a half years I managed to sit on Santa’s lap in a shopping mall, but not without feeling really unsure and not very safe.  You can see from the picture how tightly I held onto my brother’s...

This slideshow requires JavaScript. Where I grew up, in Zimbabwe, girls were given dolls to play with and boys were given cars.  I can remember my mother telling me a story about how when she was a little girl she swapped her dolls for the neighbour’s son’s cars and what a big deal was made of it. Anyway, when Joshi and I first went to Steiner  playgroup together, in one of the corners of the room lay quite a few dolls, each in their own cradle with their own blankets. ...

Morning madness I’ve seriously had my buttons pressed lately, buttons I didn’t even know I had.  For years I’ve thought of myself as this super centred, calm, yoga teacher chick, but in the last two months I’ve had my patience tested to the max. One of the big challenges for me has been how to deal with a new house guest – Mr Incessant Whining.   It felt like this unwelcome visitor arrived overnight.  I was like, “Hello!  Where did you come from? ...

The King Of Swing We were at the playground the other day.  In spite of all the swings and slides on offer, Joshi had become engrossed with a little broom he’d found there.  He was loving it and sweeping everything in sight.  Then this kid, a bit older than him, came over and took the broom.  Joshi was totally fine with it – the other kid’s mom however, wasn’t!   She yelled at her kid, telling him off for taking the broom and took the...

According to the chiropractor, this is the best position for healthy hips – your baby’s thighs are supported to the knee, with the main weight of their body on their bum, not their crotch, unlike in the Baby Bjorn. I came so close to buying a Baby Bjorn baby carrier. Another mum had shown me hers and told me how easy it was to clip on and off.  It looked great … and seemed easy to use.  What mum isn’t drawn to something practical that could make her...

  I always wanted to have a baby naming ceremony for Joshi. While I was pregnant I qualified as a civil celebrant. You’d think that would make organising Joshi’s baby naming ceremony a lot easier, right?  Wrong.  The first year of Joshi’s life was so busy and intense for me there was no way I was going to get round to organising it.  I was just too zombiefied. Joshi was 17 months old by the time I finally got my act together.  By then it felt a little...

Breakfast time! I’ve been observing how us parents are with our kids around food, including myself.  I’ve been noticing how some folks insist their kid eats everything on their plate.  I’ve also been observing my own tendencies and the language that I use with Joshi around food.  And it’s got me thinking.  The conclusion I’ve come to is that mealtimes are yet another opportunity for practicing mindfulness. How Mindful Are You Around Your Kid’s...

Does Your Kid’s Crying Make You Uncomfortable? If you were a child and something happened to you which really hurt, like you hit your head or kicked your toe and it was so sore you felt like crying, how’d you like your parents to be? I was with Joshi in a park a few weeks ago, when this kid, about 6 years old, slid face-first down a slide.   Although not visually injured, he was clearly sore and started crying when he reached his mum at the bottom.  His mum was...

“Good boy?” “Naughty boy?”   You’d think that telling your kid that they’re a good boy/girl is a good thing right?  Well, since Joshua was born it’s been something I’ve consciously avoided saying to him.  I’ve never quite been able to explain why, I just felt really drawn to not using the expression.  I’ve also felt a bit weird whenever people have asked me if he’s a good boy.  I mean, what mum’s...

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