I hesitate to write this, because I don’t want to tempt fate, but given that I’ve reported on our use of time outs in the past, and taking into account the great recent frequency of my complaints (to friends and family) about my children’s belligerent attitudes, I thought that a new development might be of… Continue reading I want to be alone!
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a new project I was starting, to increase the number of fenced playgrounds for Kiwi toddlers and preschoolers. I’ve since taken down that blog post, because I’ve set up a whole new blog for the project: Kiwi Play Safe. Read it all about it here. If you want… Continue reading Kiwi Play Safe
We’re back from France! And I’m currently supervising the kids as they watch TV, and hoping that they can stay awake for another two hours, at which point they’ll have a very early night. It’s a bit like sitting in the living room with two unexploded grenades on the neighbouring sofa, so let’s hope that… Continue reading Flying the friendly skies
Since we’ve been spending some time in the pool this week, while we bake in the French heat (and shiver at the thought of returning to winter, albeit a mild Auckland winter), I thought I’d write about babies, toddlers, and swimming. Baby swimming lessons have become hugely popular in recent years, and the general attitude… Continue reading Water babies
This is our last day on our mid-holiday mini-break (before heading back to spend another week with Pat and Richard), so we endeavoured to fit a lot into it. First on the agenda was a pre-breakfast walk, during which we checked out the local goats and horses, and generally soaked up our surroundings. After breakfast… Continue reading Hattie and Joe’s French Adventures: storming the chateau (and swimming)
Our first night at this lovely hotel passed very well, with the children dead to the world from 7pm and the rest of us dining on a terrace directly below their room. I ate fish for the first time in living memory, so it was a bit of a landmark occasion. We’re staying at the… Continue reading Hattie and Joe’s French Adventures: Monflanquin
Hello! Back to our regularly scheduled holiday posts with the news that we’ve upped sticks for a few days and left Pat and Richard’s ever-welcoming accommodation to stay with Tristan’s father Tony and his wife Janet, who have travelled from England to see us. We drove for a couple of hours this morning, after seemingly… Continue reading Hattie and Joe’s French Adventures: a change of scenery