Good Enough Mum

Good Enough Mum – Slack Sunday Mothering

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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 too, in our case.

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How To Find A Great Au Pair in Australia – Advertising

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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 who were keen to come to Australia.

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

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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 moved in just the day before our Intn’l Man of Mystery disappeared off on his latest mission. He’ll […]

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

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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!

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Snowy Scotland – Nature’s Artwork

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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 called Mairi Stones, she is a felt artist, mum of twins… and photographer of Mother Nature. Aren’t these photos Mairi […]

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Good Enough Mum – How One Son Sees His Mum

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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 hosted by My Little Drummer Boys, pop over!

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Holiday Mum – The Bairns Go To Bali

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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 break from electronics as well as everything else.  But here are just a few photos from our first days. Look forward to being […]

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Good Enough Mum – Here’s Another Handy Hint!

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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 Kymmie over at A Day In The Life Of Us, she’s hosting Weekend Grateful, pop over to […]

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

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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; video paints a million words so why go for longer!!

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Slapped Cheek Disease Looks Like This

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Poor wee Rusty Rocket, his face is a mess.

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

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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 know.  It’s like an unfolding paper puzzle, with pretty things flying out as you unfold more and […]

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My Family Reviews… uDraw GameTablet

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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 kick out of drawing on the TV screen via the Wii so jumped at the chance to  ’try before you buy.’ […]

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The Death of My Dad – Grateful for Peace + Acceptance

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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 thinking about him a lot.  And about IT ALL. I’m so grateful that I can say today that he truly is remembered with love.  There […]

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

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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 plans, my meal plan has a fatal flaw.  It never works!

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Good Enough Mum – Crust Conundrums

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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 off.  But I loathe wasting food.  So if I cut off the crusts I tend to […]

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The Old Trolls – My Real Mothers’ Group

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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, and I can’t wait.  Our monthly get-togethers are the highlight of my scintillating* social life. You see, the Old Trolls** […]

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Sydney School For Mums – Term Two Report Card

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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 yet stifling screams at the end of the preschool/school term.  My children are so diverse in age and temperament, wrangling four […]

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Grateful My Husband is Here Not There

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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 in Yemen. In the oil industry, a rotation is a common thing in more dodgy locations. He did a […]

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

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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 to have a big sister; someone to copy and learn from your whole live through, someone to look after […]

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Top 5 Podcasts For Mums On The Run

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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 run need a few distractions as we go about our endless daily tasks. Here are my favourites. All of these […]

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