The exhausting truth about parenting a toddler while pregnant

Toddlers are exhausting all on their lonesome. Tackling them while pregnant is a whole new challenge.

Photo: Artiga Photo

Photo: Artiga Photo

I've written about it in my latest article for Essential Baby:

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/toddler/life-with-a-toddler/the-exhausting-truth-about-parenting-a-toddler-while-pregnant-20160928-grqttx

You may need a nap after reading.

Enjoy!

Kylie.

Cutting sandwiches into squares and other crimes against toddlers

I miss having toddlers. Truly. All that raging emotion and illogic? It's so adorable. 

Clearly the words of a mother who has glazed over being in the trenches with the daily hysteria of these lil humans.

If you have a toddler, know a toddler, have ever been in a shopping centre and witnessed a toddler, you may appreciate some of these crimes against toddlers.

She looked out my window!!!!!!

She looked out my window!!!!!!

See the full article on Essential Baby.

Kylie

Family sleepovers: a tribute to my 70s childhood

Ahh, remember the days rolling around without seatbelt in the back of the commodore station wagon? When the world wasn't kid-centric and "go play" meant "go away"? Yeah, the good old days.

So, we recently had a "sleepover" with another family that was inspired by our 1970s childhoods where kids slept where they fell (and so did the adults!).

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Mothers say the strangest things...

In honour of Mother's Day, I had a think about all the weird things we've said to our children over the years. Seems to make sense at the time. Take it out of context and.. well, you'll see when you read my latest article here:

Image courtesy of Essential Baby

Image courtesy of Essential Baby

How can an extrovert raise an introvert?

An issue that creeps up often in my quiet little house with four quiet little mice, well five if you include the husband. And one loud, bellowing me. 

How can an extrovert raise an introvert?

I'm learning, ever so slowly, that shy and timid they are not, just simply introverted.

Read my latest article here: http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/toddler/caring-for-toddler/how-an-extrovert-can-raise-an-introvert-20150319-1m2rvv.html

Enjoy :)

Kylie.

The tidying trick that works for us (for at least 15 minutes)

Sometimes I worry that my children's overall memories will be around how much their mother freaked out about mess. I don't think I'm anal - how can I be? I have four children - but I feel better about the world when it is vacuumed. My world, at least.

Working from home can be counter-productive. I'm easily distracted by mess I should be cleaning. We also don't leave the house much so getting away from the sty is not frequent enough for me to forget about the mess. I feel like I'm drowning in the sea of chaos.

When my husband took our kids camping for the weekend, and I stayed home (had previous engagements!), the first thing I did was vacuum and mop. Sad? Maybe. At least it stayed that way for TWO whole days and I could legitimately relax with a glass of wine.

So after years and years of trying to implement cleaning schemes that work with children, I have found one that does pretty well.

Read about it in my latest column on Essential Baby:

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/life-style/family-home/the-tidying-trick-that-works-for-us-20150311-13s4yi.html

Kylie

The parenting lesson it took me a decade to learn - don't get smug!

Here's my final column on Essential Kids for 2014.

As the year comes to a close, I reflect on what I've learnt not just this year but over the last decade of parenting. What stands out most is the simple fact nothing is forever. No phase lasts - good or bad. With that in mind, my lesson is about being smug. It's a tricky one - smug versus proud. Read on as I muddle my way through explaining it: 

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/family-life/family-home/the-parenting-lesson-it-took-me-a-decade-to-learn-20141223-12c7jr.html

Merry Christmas and a sensational New Year to all my readers, friends and family! 

Kylie.

Losing a Child's Favourite Teddy. Oh the stress!

Oh Hazel. You came as a surprise and you warmed the cockles of a young heart. Then you nicked off to a nicer destination and left us all in the lurch. Next time, we'll have a back up plan. 

My latest Essential Baby Column can be read here:

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/toddler/caring-for-toddler/the-tragedy-of-losing-a-favourite-teddy-bear-20141120-11qetm.html

Kylie

Top Tips for Dreamworld

We've just returned from a week on the Gold Coast. Ahh, sunshine, I remember you.

Dreamworld was the #1 priority for the kids and it didn't disappoint. If you are considering going, I have written my top tips to get the best out of the experience here:

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/family-life/family-travel/top-tips-for-families-going-to-dreamworld-20141017-117sla.html

Enjoy!

Kylie