Mom’s Secrets

Childcare And Sickness

The Frustrations And Solutions

It’s something that every working parent dreads… illness descends on your home and germs don’t seem to care that you have a meeting at 10 and a childcare provider that frowns on sniffling, vomiting, and the runs. There are only so many sick days you can take because of your child before your boss starts to roll their eyes (which is rude because, you know… parents have to parent). Yet, every time you try to sneak your sick child by the childcare providers they turn into the Hulk and throw you out on your ear.

So, what’s a parent supposed to do when they have a sick child and childcare problems?

The Petri Dish Of Daycare

The most important thing that you can do is learn when it’s safe to put your child in their daycare facility, when they need to stay at home, and when they need to visit the doctor.

The biggest issue is that your child is most likely sick, because another Read More>>>

Getting Through The ‘Won’t Eat Vegetables’ Phase

… Without Tearing Your Hair Out

Are there any vegetables that you just can’t stand to look at, let alone eat? Adults can be pretty picky, often instilling their hatred of particularly greenery in their youth and then sticking to it stubbornly as they age. So, it shouldn’t be too difficult for parents to understand where their toddlers are coming from when it comes to refusing to eat vegetables. Right?

Toddlers are just discovering the world and they’re learning how to flex their NO muscles and really building their personality. So, vegetables are the perfect opportunity for them to spread those wings. Yes, your baby adored mushed peas and carrots when it came from a jar and they didn’t know any better… but you’ve entered a brand-new dimension now. They know you can’t force them to eat something they don’t want to… they own you.

Overcoming The Nos

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Public Displays of Tantrums

And How To Beat Them

It’s every parent’s nightmare… pushing the shopping trolley down the frozen foods aisle and your toddler disagrees with something you’ve popped in the basket. It starts out as a mild objection and it develops into a full-blown tantrum. You can feel the stares of a dozen people on your back, your face is flushed red with embarrassment and anger and there is your precious baby lying on the ground making a snow angel of pure rage.

An elderly couple shakes their head disapprovingly, “my children never behaved like that”. A corporate woman who has never had kids says, “I can’t believe your child is acting like that. If I had children they certainly wouldn’t get away with it.” Children laugh at the sight. While other parents, who know exactly what it is like, give you a knowing smile, “Yep, been there done that – yesterday, and the day before”. It’s like a full blown circus and everyone is standing around Read More>>>

Tips To Survive Your First VACATION – Without The Kids

It’s Harder Than You Might Think

So, we decided that we were going to take a vacation this year, just us adults. That means leaving the children behind and striking out on our own. It sounds like a dream, right? And in theory it is, but that dream becomes a hard reality – and it might be more nightmare than anything else when you consider the prospect of leaving your kids with loved ones and being away from them for a week or two. (OR it could be the dream you hoped).

First things first… you will feel guilty about leaving them behind, but you don’t need to. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that, besides a trip away with each other is the perfect way to hit the reset button and just reconnect with your partner. And if your children are older, it could even be a good thing for the kids to see all of the things that their parents do for them (might help them appreciate you a bit more when you get back and they realise how good Read More>>>

The Top 15 Things You Should Pack in Your Hospital Bag for Labour

… And Then Leave It By The Door

It doesn’t matter how far along in your pregnancy you are – you can never be prepared too early. Just ask all those mums who went into premature labour and I guarantee they will agree with me.

For my first baby, I had my bag packed when I hit about 35 weeks – because I was CERTAIN that she was going to come early … that bag sat by the door for weeks (according to some calculations she was 2 weeks late, by other calculations she was a week early – according to me she certainly didn’t come fast enough! Particularly when I had a 24 hour labour to deal with). With my second baby, I just knew that he was going to come early because all 2nd babies come early – don’t they?! So I packed my bag at about 39 weeks along … and he arrived 2 days later (after another 24 hour labour).

So when is the right time to pack your hospital bag? You should really have your hospital bag all packed Read More>>>

Benefits Of Play Time For Kids

What Happened To Kids Being Kids?

It seems like everyone wants kids to grow up too fast these days. It begins when they are only little babies and parents are comparing who walked first or talked first; and then it continues to school where parents are talking about who studies harder or plays more sports.

My four year old is “supposed” to go to school next year – to Prep. She will be 4 years old when she starts, and she will have to sit in a classroom for 6 hours a day, learning, studying, and then – when she comes home from school – she’s going to have to do homework! Schools vary, but I’ve heard from a friend who has a son at this school, it generally takes him about half an hour a day to finish his homework.

And she is only going to be 4 years old. But the thing is, the Government here in Australia thought that it was smart to force us to send our kids to Prep (Preparatory School) for a year before they go into Grade 1 – Read More>>>