Oh, the fun of the sleepover! What happens on a sleepover?

TWO weekends, two sleepovers – and I have survived! Phew! That’s right, our school holidays have been punctuated by the weekend sleepover, or slumber party. The sleepover is a childhood right of passage and ahead of our hosting duties, I was nervous – would everything go smoothly? Would there be late night, teary phone calls begging to be picked up and taken away from this madhouse that the Moores call a home? Would the siblings fight and make it a miserable event for our guests? Would the guests hate our food, our shower, our toothpaste, our beds? I was a wreck! Were my kids ready? Were the kids who were coming ready? The questions were ceaseless. Continue reading

Can I help my child make friends?

Can I teach my child how to make friends?FIRST of all, let me be clear – my child is happy, well-adjusted and doing OK. Great report card and this adorable kid comes home from school happy most days. This blog post is about motherhood and the struggle we go through trying to give our kids not just a good childhood, but a freaking awesome one, and the things we do to ourselves in that endeavour. There were two birthday parties this weekend that my child was not invited to. So naturally that started me off on a fretting frenzy. Can I help my child make friends?
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FREEBIE FRIDAY! Win “Mickey Mouse: Race to Death Valley” collector’s item book

Freebie Friday: Win a collector's item Mickey Mouse book: Race to Death ValleySPONSORED POST: I’m giving away FIVE copies of the super cool coffee table book Mickey Mouse: Race to Death Valley by Floyd Gottfredson. These books are not available for purchase in Australia and are valued at $50 each. Tres chic, oui? So, how to get your hands on your very own copy…

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I am sorry for being rude and for hurting your feelings

I've cried a river over rude commentsTHIS week an email I sent made someone feel so badly they wanted to quit their job. The words I typed before I hit ‘send’ made them feel so badly about themselves, about their work that they wanted to stop doing it. When I think about that, even as I write this, the idea of it is so upsetting, so deeply saddening… well, it makes me cry.

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To ban or not to ban toy guns – that is the question!

Should I ban toy guns in my home?FOLLOWING our discussion on ABC radio 612 Brisbane last week, (in case you missed it you can hear the podcast here) I’ve been giving some thought to Naomi from Seven Cherubs‘ position of banning certain things that you don’t want in your home. (She has banned toy guns).
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Looking for the top 10 BEST kids’ movies of all time

Buzz and Woody changed kids' movies for goodLET me blow your mind. Ready? We are approaching the 20 year anniversary of Toy Story. Twenty years. Yup. Mind = blown, right?! Kids’ movies have improved vastly in the past 20 years, and there are lots more of them.  So there’s a rich vein to mine when choosing the top 10 best kids’ movies of all time. Be warned, though, I have a few controversial picks on my list. What are your absolute must-have kids’ movies that never fail on a rainy day when you fire up the VCR DVD player? Continue reading

Bystanders should get involved to beat bullying

Courage to Care is a campaign to stop bullyingTHERE have been all kinds of reactions to the photos of Nigella Lawson with her husband allegedly squeezing her throat and choking her in a restaurant in London last week. A Twitter furor erupted that nobody at the restaurant intervened. Would you? Honestly? A campaign is now urging bystanders to get involved when you see a wrong being perpetrated. Continue reading

Parents: How to set your Facebook privacy settings

Facebook privacy settings for parents explainedONE of the biggest challenges facing parents today is how to lock down their Facebook content so that photos of their kids don’t end up all over the internet. It’s difficult because Facebook keeps changing the rules and they don’t make it a simple process in the first place. So here’s a simple guide to help parents lock down their Facebook security settings. Continue reading

$10,000 on a pet surgery. Is that money well spent?

DogThe Northside Chronicle ran an article this week about a young lady in Aspley seeking to raise $10,000 to help her sick golden retriever dog.
The pet has a liver condition which makes it lethargic, and has been given another three or four years to live.
The dog’s condition can be improved with a surgical implant, but that costs $10,000.
The owner has $5000 saved but she is seeking “suggestions” from the community on raising the other $5000, the Chronicle reported.
No doubt this lady loves her dog. It’s her best mate, she says.
But I couldn’t help wondering whether this was $10,000 well spent. Continue reading

Introducing: Waiting Room News!

Waiting Room News front pageAS most of you know, my husband and I have been working on a new business venture after leaving News Ltd and a career in newspapers working for The Man (in this case, Rupert Murdoch). I’m thrilled to unveil that plan today. It is Waiting Room News – a compact, free weekly news sheet for the waiting room. Any waiting room. The GP, dentist, radiologist, pathologist – we go into all these waiting rooms.

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