Good Enough Mum – Slack Sunday Mothering

Dexter twins at movies

Sometimes it's very wise to do some slack parenting. A bit of benign neglect can be good for the kids. But who cares about being good for the kids, it can be good for the mum.  And for the au pair … [Read more...]

How To Find A Great Au Pair in Australia – Advertising

au pair 2

When we decided that enough was enough and it was time to find a live-in au pair again, we turned to Gumtree. In the past we used the website Great AuPair which connected us to young people overseas … [Read more...]

Welcome to Bethany – Say G’Day To Our New Au Pair

Bethany homework

Well, thank goodness for a spare pair of hands. I'm so grateful. What a difference it is making to the househol to have a fresh young face, and those essential spare pair of au pair hands.  Bethany … [Read more...]

Diner Disasters – It’s Not Just My Kids Who Misbehave in Cafes, Is It?

colouring in

Oh dear, the pictures tell a thousand words each. Not an eating out success. Linking to Wordless Wednesday over at My Little Drummer Boys, pop over! … [Read more...]

Snowy Scotland – Nature’s Artwork


My mum and sisters are shivering in snowbound Scotland just now.  What a contrast to Sydney where it's steamy and number one on my gratitude list is having a pool.  Splash! My elder sister is … [Read more...]

Good Enough Mum – How One Son Sees His Mum


At last!  One of the children is interested in taking photos... I might finally make an appearance in some of the family photo albums. That's all I'll say as I'm linking to Wordless Wednesday, kindly … [Read more...]

Holiday Mum – The Bairns Go To Bali

bridge pool

Hooray!  Myself and the bairns and our recently-returned Intn'l Man of Mystery have skedaddled away for the school holidays. To Bali!  Triple hooray! I'm not updating the blog whilst away, having a … [Read more...]

Good Enough Mum – Here’s Another Handy Hint!


Today I'm grateful to have two hands, one to write and one to be written upon.  And grateful for the habit of list writing on all sorts of surfaces, I'd be lost without my lists. Linking today to … [Read more...]

WAHMum – How To Be Productive 1 – in one minute!


Here's a little video I made - please forgive the bunches, not my usual look.  My daughter made me do it! I've just started this new Youtube channel and am aiming for videos of maximum one minute; … [Read more...]

Slapped Cheek Disease Looks Like This


Poor wee Rusty Rocket, his face is a mess. … [Read more...]

100th Post!! The Things I Know About Blogging… Errr… Actually…

Blog back end

Well, it's been 100 posts, amazingly.  Here are some of my newbie thoughts: 1.  I don't know any thing about blogging! It's a bit like life, the more you know about it, the more you know you don't … [Read more...]

My Family Reviews… uDraw GameTablet


I wasn't sure whether this blog did reviews..... until somebody asked. As it turned out, it does. The uDraw GameTablet appealed because I have children who love to draw.  I thought they'd get a … [Read more...]

The Death of My Dad – Grateful for Peace + Acceptance


On my father's gravestone, the inscription begins: 'With love we remember David McDonald Smith Builder, musician and sailor.' Dad passed away two years ago this week so I have been … [Read more...]

Good Enough Mum – The Plan Is… There Is No Plan!

Mealplan - there is no plan

I'm all for using a weekly meal plan.  Great idea.  My mum always made one, both my sisters use them, and I do too, currently using the beautiful ones I get at Kikki K. But as with most of my … [Read more...]

Good Enough Mum – Crust Conundrums

Now how many calories are in this little pile of crusts do you think?

Is it only me?? Does anyone else make a moral dilemma out of the question of whether to cut the crusts off the kids' sandwiches? I think I need help and advice! You see, my kids love the crusts … [Read more...]

The Old Trolls – My Real Mothers’ Group


Mothers’ Groups are an Australian institution, but one that can cause mixed feelings amongst those of us whose children turn out not to fit the 'norm.' I’m going out to see the Old Trolls tonight, … [Read more...]

Sydney School For Mums – Term Two Report Card

End of Term report

Our family life is measured out in terms. Terms we can get our heads round.  They’ve got beginnings, middles and welcome ends.  And here we are again. Having said that, I'm swooning with pleasure … [Read more...]

Grateful My Husband is Here Not There

Yemen map

Of course, when one's husband is an International Man of Mystery, it goes with the territory that he travels. But travelling for work can get out of hand. Take 2010 and 2011 when he did a rotation … [Read more...]

A Sister Sets Sail – Sailing Around The Meditteranean With Kids Aboard

Mairi and I more recently; as you can see, we haven't changed a bit.

I have two very lovely sisters who both live in Scotland, Mairi and Morag.  No, you don't get more Scottish names than theirs. Mairi is the eldest sister.  Morag and I agree it's a marvellous thing … [Read more...]

Top 5 Podcasts For Mums On The Run

chris evans

Oh thank goodness for podcasts; nothing would get done round the house without them. Nor at the gym.  And the delightful drive down to the South Coast would be far less edifying. All we mums on the … [Read more...]

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