5 character traits that will serve your child well (but are annoying right now)

As parents, we all want to raise confident, happy kids who are resilient and driven. We'd love them to be compassionate and kind, and to follow a career path that leads them onto a successful life, whatever that may be.

So, even though we know the very traits that will make them reach these heights in the future are fantastic to possess, they're not always easy to parent. Here are some of the big ones that have us hovering on the edge of a mental breakdown.

Read more at Essential Kids : http://www.essentialkids.com.au/development-advice/behaviour-discipline/5-character-traits-that-will-serve-your-child-well--but-are-annoying-right-now-20170706-gx5rqz

Enjoy!

Kylie.

 

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

Don't be intimidated by school mums

I get the angst around being a new school mum but if the past seven years are anything to go by, there is nothing to be intimidated by. After all, they're just people like you and me, dropping kids at school every day.

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Here's the link to my article "Don't be intimidated by school mums" on Essential Kids.

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/education/school/starting-school/dont-be-intimidated-by-school-mums-20160216-gmv4tf

Enjoy!

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

Large misconceptions about large families

A couple of generations ago, I don't think a family of 6 would have qualified for the title of "large family". Now, we're like a walking freak show.

I've heard many comments in relation to having four children. Here I try to bust some myths about those raving misconceptions. 

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images