February 2014

An alphabetical list of motherly advice

By |February 1st, 2014|Categories: Family, Parenting|

Always know you are loved.
Be brave.
Challenge yourself.
Drink plenty of water.
Have Empathy.
Find what you are passionate about.
Go and see the world.
Have fun.
Invest in your imagination.
Just be yourself.
Be Kind.
Laugh.
Make mistakes – it is part of learning.
Never say never.
Be Open minded.
Be Positive.
Ask Questions.
Relax.
Support each other.
Trust yourselves.
Be Understanding.
Venture into situations that may be out of your comfort zone.
Wishes can come true.
Be eXcited by life.
Say Yes.
Time Zooms by – be present.52770741_8668d7e7a9_m

The Multitasking Mummy
Melinda

January 2014

Interview with a (my) five year old

By |January 27th, 2014|Categories: Family, Parenting|

I decided to interview my five year old son Jeremy. He was happy to oblige and answered my questions quite succinctly. Not sure where the idea to holiday in Brazil came from but I’m thinking it was probably Peppa Pig.

Alan works in software development but is quite a handy man at home so I’m sure that’s where the spanners came from. I wasn’t surprised to find that he wants to be a fireman or that his perfect day would involve train rides and eating cake.

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The Questions:

How old is Mum?  

32

How old is Alan? 

33

What is Alan’s job? 

Working with spanners.

How old do you have to be to drive a car? 

10

When Juliema (grandma) babysits, where do you think Mum and Alan are?

 Out where you want to go.

What does your brother do to annoy you?

 Elliott annoys me when he is crying when I am in bed and trying to sleep.

Where would you like to go on holiday?

 Brazil.

Where do babies come from?

Tummies.

How much money should the Tooth Fairy leave per tooth?

 One dollar.

If you were a Mum what would you let your children do that I don’t?

Do anything that they want to do. But no driving cars.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A fireman.

What does mum always say to you?

‘No’.

What would your perfect day be like?

We would play lots of games outside and play hopscotch and eat cake and go on the train to the city.

 

The Multitasking Mummy

 

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Melinda

Ways to keep your preschooler entertained in the car.

By |January 6th, 2014|Categories: Parenting|

How to entertain your preschooler when the iPod goes flat (in the car).

Sometimes you just need a few ways to keep the children entertained in the car that doesn’t involve screen time. These are all games that I have used on various car trips with my son. They are good for 3 – 5 year olds and beyond.

1. Play Eye Spy – Instead of using  letters you can use colours and adjectives. For example “Eye Spy with my little eye something that is is white and fluffy”. Possible answer: Clouds.

2. Make up nonsense words – my son (5 y. o) loves to do this and it always sends him into fits of giggles.

3. Tell Jokes –  My son’s jokes are so bad that they’re good!

4. Sing – Turn the radio off and sing songs instead. The babies love this also.

5. Story telling – Retell familiar stories or make up your own.

I would love to hear of some other games people use with their preschoolers.

Melinda