I hate those forms where you have to choose your occupation. It usually gives a choice of employed, self employed, unemployed or other.
I have raised 7 children,…
Added by Afra Willmore on June 14, 2013 at 6:46am —
Added by Rebecca Abel on May 7, 2013 at 11:19pm —
Mother’s Day is May 12th, that is a week from this Sunday. There are likely to be lots of articles to suggest ways to honor your mom or help your children honor their mom. I would like to take a different approach and speak to moms directly. Give yourself permission to pat yourself on the back and to take a break. Parenting is both the toughest and most rewarding job in the world. This is a good time to remind moms (fathers too) that you have to fill your own bucket before… Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 3, 2013 at 6:30pm —
Ollie thought he was being cute when he chucked my mobile phone at my head the other night; and goddamn, did it hurt! That sweet spot just above my eyebrow induced a few tears almost immediately.
Next thing I know is Jack had walked up to me, started stroking my hair and said ‘It’s alright Mummy. You’re not bleeding. Just give it a rub and it’ll feel better.’
There’s a lot of other words or phrases that he could have used, which I might’ve said, but he chose the right… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 23, 2013 at 2:07am —
In no particular order…..
20.Dreaming is fun – and important. Dream big – and don’t be afraid to make it a reality. If you want to be a professional soccer player – we will practice together to get you noticed. If you want to join the ballet – we will find you a place to teach you how to dance. If you tell us that you are gay – we will support you 100 percent.
19.School is important, but it’s not the be all and end all. This is not an excuse to let your grades drop… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 19, 2013 at 4:56am —
Don’t ask me how I, out of all people, seemed to have produced two boys who love cleaning – the absolute opposite of me.
My boys have been fascinated with the vacuum cleaner since the first time they saw it. It was probably the noise, more than the functionality of it that made them want to try it the first time the other day. Am I complaining? Hell to the NO! Maybe they could see it suck up all the crap from the rug in our house, which made them want to give it a shot.
Added by Jessica Breen on April 18, 2013 at 1:58am —
Growing up – I used to race home after school to catch my daily dose of cartoons before boring news was turned on by the folks. Channel 2 or ABC was the greatest! I got my fix with classics like Super Ted, Trapdoor, Captain Planet, that Friend of a Friend of mine show, just to name a few. Then, Saturday Disney was a winner in the morning.
Of course, my boys would probably love these shows – but they are no longer shown on free-to-air! Besides Sesame Street and Playschool – they get… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 13, 2013 at 4:47am —
Catching myself belting out an awesome tune from my iPad, thinking I should have auditioned for Idol (sarcasm intended), I peek into the rear view mirror to see Jack bopping his head, seemingly enjoying what he is hearing. I yell over the beat, ‘Mummy’s voice is pretty awesome isn’t it?’ Which enticed a very quick ‘No.’
Unluckily for him, I disagree, and will continue singing with blissful ignorance. Maybe I can even show his friends some day :p
Added by Jessica Breen on April 12, 2013 at 12:40am —
Since Jack’s first Christmas, and seeing Santa at our local shopping centre, it was a no-brainer for us to carry on the traditional lie that Santa exists. So does the Easter bunny, and the tooth fairy. We even like the idea from the picture below. When the ice-cream truck bell is ringing, it means that they have run out of the good stuff.
We don’t think it’s a bad thing to tell little white lies to the kids. They’re much more entertaining than the truth. ‘Nah, there’s no magic in… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 11, 2013 at 7:21am —
My name, Jessica, is a pretty normal name. Very rarely I’d get asked how to spell it. In 1984 when I was born, Jessica was the most popular girls name going around. Back then, you never would have heard of a girl named ‘Apple’ or a boy called ‘Inspektor Pilot’. It would almost be guaranteed that those kids would have had some serious nicknames thrown at them throughout their lives.
Unique names are becoming a trend with the generation born now. It’s almost like a competition to see… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 11, 2013 at 12:23am —
Let’s all begin with acknowledging and accepting that it is Australian law, to allow women to breastfeed their babies, wherever they damn well feel like. If it makes you uncomfortable, face the other way or go somewhere else. That’s right; use some muscles, and turn your bum or head in a different direction. Is she really putting you out by being in the same room as you if you don’t have to look at her? NO!
To me, feeding a baby in public is a gazillion times better than having a… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 9, 2013 at 7:07pm —
“Breast is best” is the message that was drilled into me, and probably most new mothers, throughout my pregnancy and straight after birth. I can see why some new Mum’s feel the guilt and sadness when breastfeeding doesn’t go to plan – like me.
When Jack was born, I had nurses come and help me day and night with extracting milk, latching on techniques and everything else ‘boob’ while I was in the hospital. I became so overwhelmed with the difficulty and coordination that it took just… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 8, 2013 at 1:02am —
We have always been warned about being careful of what comes out of our mouth, because a certain little parrot might try repeating it… And I’ll tell you what – the first time you hear it, it’s impossible to not laugh! That is after the shock that your face will show.
After hearing Jack say it early on, he caught a glimpse of our smile, and just kept repeating it thinking he was funny. The ‘funny’ wore off pretty quickly, and so did he, but I swear he has the ears of a dog. Able to… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 7, 2013 at 5:33am —
It seriously does my head in when you think everything is peachy-keen with the boys, only to discover they are trying to destroy the house, with as much smelly, powdery, creamy stuff as possible.
Ok, I’m lucky to not have experienced poo all over the walls, but I have had the pleasure to have walked in on powder, bum cream, wee, pen, cat bikkies, cat litter, fish food pellets, shredded paper, and everything else in between. I can understand how much fun it would be, to not have a… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 6, 2013 at 6:05pm —
Jack has been a true, hardcore lefty for his entire life. Ever since he could kick a ball, or hold a spoon, everything has been left. We tried to get him to try his right hand, but you could see the confusion, and awkwardness written all over his face.
Being a lefty has definitely not come from hubby or I, but more likely from one of his left-handed uncles… That is, if being left-handed a genetic thing.
What is equally impressive is his art and drawing skills. Who knows if… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 6, 2013 at 3:39am —
Like all mothers, I think my boys are possibly to cutest little boys in the entire world. I love to introduce them to people I know, and I take and post as many photos as I can to show friends and family. I’m not the only one who does this, so is there a difference between this and entering them into competitions?
Recently, like many Australian parents, I entered my boys into the Bonds Baby Search 2013 competition. On my Facebook wall, friend after friend are asking me to vote for… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 5, 2013 at 7:46pm —
When Jack and Ollie were each about four months old, we started getting them used to sleepovers at their grandparent’s house. I knew that I wanted to get them used to sleeping wherever we needed them to go – so started them early to get used to it. AND IT’S BEEN BRILLIANT! Not only do they look forward to going to our parents, but they don’t make a fuss when we walk out the door.
About once a fortnight or 3 weeks, they’ll spend the night away to give hubby and I time to relax, and… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 5, 2013 at 5:42am —
It’s lunch time and I’m trying to think out of the box with something interesting for the boys to eat. Standing at the fridge looking blankly, I just whip out the usual fruit, yoghurt, small treat, with a sandwich to come later. Jack and Ollie are chomping down like they don’t know what they are missing out on, and I’m sitting back in awe at how I produced boys that haven’t yet developed any food allergies and aren’t picky about what they eat, from spicy Indian, to olives, to raw… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 3, 2013 at 7:31am —
We’ve hit the 12 month anniversary of toilet training for Jack, and finally, he is in undies day and night, with so far, no accidents! CAN I HEAR A HALLELUJAH!
Jack kind of worked backward with the whole training thing. I guess I can call myself lucky that from the get-go he nailed doing poos in the toilet. Wees however, have been a whole different story. I can’t tell you how much I hate washing undies and bed sheets, and the smell of wee is the absolute pits. But, even though I have… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on April 2, 2013 at 4:05am —
Most days my patience runs pretty thin when Jack starts grabbing all of the bum wipes out of their pack and wastes them on cleaning the suede lounge or wipes them all over Ollie's face. This morning however, I was pleasantly surprised when he palmed some off to Ollie to wipe down the toilet.
Not only is this a big win for me, but they seemed to enjoy it, as shown with the giant smiles on their faces.
How did I teach them this? Who knows! I never clean the toilet - my… Continue
Added by Jessica Breen on March 25, 2013 at 4:28am —