Mum is everyone’s personal secretary; but never her own!

Organising the family along with ones individual tasks, activities, jobs, chores, outings, sport days, excursions, swimming lessons, football/soccer/netball training, appointments to the dentist, hairdresser, doctor, optometrist etc is something the mother often does.  It is almost like running a business and being the personal secretary for the children (and the husband). Categorising events, making lists,…

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Washing blunders and what the……..

Washing is something large families do EVERY SINGLE DAY, so when something goes wrong with the washing machine, leaking pipes, an overflowing sink or drainage problems occur; these mishaps can create complete chaos and all efforts of getting through the days washing is a big fail. Overflowing sinks would not be a problem if the…

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“Put on your jumper it is cold today”!

How many times has the above phrase been applied to children as they leave the house and getting into the car before the school trip?  Of course the usual “I can’t find it” reply is spoken and the next 10 minutes are spent either searching the child’s bedroom, the entire house and finally inside the school bag (of…

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YOU have HOW many children?

Deciding to raise a family is something that is usually agreed upon by both spouses. Whether families have 1 child, 2, 3 or 4 children or even a large family (No Excuses has 7 children); it is personal and each families right regardless of how many children they wish to have.  Having children is a…

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Breathing a sigh of relief!

We all have those mornings; those that turn a mother from the gentle creature she should be  to the roaring lioness, ferociously snarling and snapping at the cubs to get a move on, eat their breakfast, find and put on those shoes, jumper and hat, grab their lunch, brush their teeth and hair and GET…

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Sleeping in; a thing of the past!

Gone are the days when parents could lie in, stay in bed (well at least one of them) and recharge the batteries for the following week. Once children start getting older and begin school, life becomes busier and busier.  Very soon children’s interests change, new friends are made and their passion for various sporting activities awakens….

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Tardiness is NOT tolerated!

Being late is something people either hate and try to avoid or have made it a habit and are never on time. Whether you are one or the other once you have children being LATE is a constant struggle in life. When one is organised, being late should never happen. If you prepare ahead (the evening…

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The prang I never had!

Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable This is a tough one for me; if I was to answer this as a child, the list would be huge.   Nothing worries me too much these days, those that know me would probably honestly say that “nothing fazes her”. Grizzly critters, crawling bugs, spiders, insects etc do not frighten…

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A home-schooling mum’s chore chart

Need some jobs or chores done by the kids; here is a simple idea for getting chores done around the home.  This busy home schooling mum of 6 has kindly shared her effective chore chart with No Excuses! Easy organising for large families. Each child has a A4 laminated card printed with their name at the…

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The Hokey Pokey wash…

Have you ever wondered where the Hokey Pokey song originated from?  It seems to go back to the early 1800’s and has many different names and meanings based on the lyrics below.  If you are up for a bit of history, the Hokey Cokey (as it was named in the UK) can be read about…

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The joys of parenting

Do any of you remember this post on Bosistos Eucalyptus Spray, well I just had to use this a moment ago.     My 3 yr old was found with bum and legs up in the air, poop all over him including his bed, pillow and sheets and a soiled nappy all over the floor.    …

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