Category Archives: Motherhood

Review: Smart Trike 4-in-1 Dream

Smart-Trike reviewSPONSORED POST: The Smart-Trike 4-in-1 Dream tricycle offers something that most bikes and trikes don’t – the ability to adapt to your growing toddler. This means, in the value for money stakes, it blows the competition out of the water. But what else does it have going for it? We road-tested it with a very busy toddler to see if it holds up to rigorous testing. Read our Smart-Trike review!

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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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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

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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Taking photos of my children playing soccer is my right and nobody can stop me

Taking photos of my kids playing soccer is my right and you can't stop meIT IS long past time to inject some common sense into the ludicrous fear and loathing around photography at children’s sport. Parents be clear – you can, and should, take photos of your kids playing team sport. Not only is there no law or enforceable club regulation against it but, if child protection is the goal, then a ban is an utter waste of time.

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