I have previously shared some thoughts about children and risk, both here on the blog and on air. And when my daughter knocked herself out by falling while tree climbing – my opinion was challenged, but ultimately unchanged.
While I am happy to share my perspective as an educator and a mother, I am not a child psychologist myself, so I was delighted to be able to interview Dr Paula Barrett about this topic. Here are her thoughts on the risky business of childhood. Continue reading
Over the past few years as blogger I have been able to work with some wonderful children’s authors and artists. One of my favourites is Justine Clarke, and I am always delighted to promote her music and concerts. This year I have TWO DOUBLE PASSES to her upcoming Pop Up Tour to give away to SquiggleMum readers. (Thanks Justine!)
Here are five reasons why I’m a fan:
Though I have been quieter this year online, I have still been writing as much as ever. I first started this blog back in 2008 to work on my writing, and build an audience. It has certainly done that – and more! I really like writing for mums, and enjoy the interaction and conversation with others that blogging enables. But, when it comes down to it, my first love will always be writing for kids. Continue reading
After church my six year old asked the question – “Mum, what does three in one mean?”
I took a deep breath before launching into my answer. Despite the fact that I’ve been a Christian for most of my life, there are still some things I find hard to get my head around. (There will probably always be things I can’t get my head around when it comes to God, because He’s God. And I’m not.) Continue reading
Between working for Let’s Read, editing the MOPS Australia magazine Better Mum, and looking after two sick kids – something had to give! It was either the blog or the washing… Continue reading
Don’t laugh. I might be all tech savvy with my iPad and iPhone and MacBook – but I cannot live without a paper diary! I’ve always opted for a small one that I can keep in my handbag, but when I started working part time a few weeks ago I knew I needed to graduate to something more substantial. Continue reading
Sometimes I look like I’ve got life sorted.
But the truth is, most of the time, I’m not so together. Continue reading
I’m very pleased to be an ambassador for the MILO Play Movement in 2012. Play is a child’s work, and the importance of play in children’s development cannot be underestimated.
MILO sent the SquiggleKids a fantastic play kit (final photo) to use in the backyard – and I’ve got one play kit to give away to a lucky SquiggleMum reader as well! The kit contains soccer nets, cones, a selection of different balls and even a ball pump for your kids to use outside, plus a couple of tins of MILO. Continue reading
We have talked a lot about life and death in our home over the last week. It’s a heavy topic, but circumstances meant discussing death was unavoidable.
The first thing that happened was that a young mum from our church passed away. The kids understandably had some questions… Continue reading
As a keen birdwatcher, Miss 5 knows the scientific names of a few of her favourite species. The first one she learned was Trichoglossus haematodus – the scientific name for a Rainbow Lorikeet. The second was the closely related Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus, or Scaly-breasted Lorikeet. From this early introduction to scientific names, my daughter discovered that: Continue reading