A messy house and happy kids – is there a lesson for us all this Father’s Day?

Father

As I sat in my local Starbucks recently, I noticed how many dad and baby pairings surrounded me, and wondered if perhaps the roles of mothers and fathers are drawing ever closer. Then I thought a bit more, about how different my husband and I are at home and changed my mind. I thought about ...

What makes a great day?

Office Mum photo of kids having coffee

Some days are just grand, and some days are great. Not for lotto-winning type reasons - just easy days, when things fall into place. We had one of those today. It started wonderfully - nobody cried during breakfast, and I didn't shout. Winning by 8am. On the way to school, Clara, who is six, told me ...

Swapping paper plates for customised mugs: Colorines Wonderful

office mum colorines wonderful mug

For two weeks last month we were kitchenless. Two weeks of paper plates, cereal spills, microwaved mashed potato and washing dishes in the bathroom. Then finally, we got our kitchen back, except it was bigger and brighter and not falling apart. And very aptly, on the first day that our new kitchen was open for ...

Honestly

Sam Foffee

"How was your day?" What do you reply? I guess it depends who asks. If it's Facebook, your day might look great. If it's your other-half, you might be very tired. If it's a friend, it might depend on the context. If she had a bad day, you might commiserate with your own low points. If ...

What the childminder said

"And it's just that I don't want her to feel self-conscious about how she looks with or without her glasses, and I know that this isn't creche and that as a school teacher you have a whole class to look after and you can't see everything and it's not your job to monitor all of ...