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Ava, My Favourite Family, Thea, Things I Love

A trying week, with graffiti, nakedness and general destruction

We’ve had a few trying times this week. But they are also kind of funny. So I thought I’d share. I’ll start with Thea. I came home from a meeting to find Ryan scrubbing at the rug in the living room, after she had scribbled over it with luminous yellow and turquoise pen. And added a few pink touches for good measure. He didn’t take a ‘before’ picture, but this is how it looked after half an hour of cleaning:Then yesterday, I discovered that she had ripped  ...

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My Favourite Family

Five home truths from my charming daughters 

I think my girls are trying to tell me something… These conversations have all occurred recently, and are making me reassess some of my lifestyle choices. 1. Scandalised Ava shouts out, “Mum, your BOTTOM’s hanging out!” It’s my muffin top. 2. Two year old Thea innocently asks, “Mummy have you got a baby in your tummy?” I explain that I haven’t. Two days later she comes over, pats my tummy and says, “Can I feel the baby?” 3. Ava  ...

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12 Baby Things I Can’t Wait To Get Rid Of 

We have our two gorgeous girls, and are are not planning on having any more children. So instead of carefully packing up outgrown toys, clothes and equipment, to save it for another child, we are really looking forward to de-cluttering our house. I’m not in a rush for Thea to grow up, in fact I’m finding it quite difficult to see how grown up my little baby is getting, but there are some parts of baby and toddler life we are more than ready to see the back of… 1. The  ...

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Ava, My Favourite Family, Thea

Try my argument diffusing technique for kids

My girls are of an age now where they argue. Quite a lot. Ava is the queen of tale-telling, and Thea knows just how to wind her up. After yet another bout of “Thea touched my coins…” and “Ava got my Mousey…” I suddenly remembered a technique my mum used to use on me and my siblings, which we called ‘Nose to Nose’. It’s very simple, which is what makes it so effective. Just get the two (or three, or four) squabbling children to sit or  ...

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