…wash the dishes dry the dishes…

Sometimes, I wonder if it’s really worth the effort to get kids doing chores. I know it’s a good thing, it is teaching them valuable life skills, it is forming them up into functional, capable adults…but man oh man, I could really do without the constant moaning and whining and reminding and bickering and…like, could we just do it with […]

…that darn duck…

When you are six, the phrase “loved to pieces” is not just a figurative expression. When you are six, and the one you love best is a small stuffed duck that has been in the family as long as you have, the pieces that you have loved into oblivion start to outnumber the pieces left to continue being loved. And […]

…the more things change…

…the more they stay the same. This past birthday season, we have seen a new era in this parenting gig – teenagerhood. We’ve also had “the baby” turn six and move from preschool at the end of last year, to part-time homeschool, to officially being registered and a big-school boy (does it count as big school when you don’t have […]

…busy bags for busy boys…

We have been quite lucky with our children. Only one hospital stay. No surgeries. One broken arm and one greenstick fracture (which, to be honest, is a much higher success rate than we ever though possible, given the inverse relationship between a certain small boy’s fearlessness and co-ordination…). Overall, not a bad hit rate for over a decade with four […]

…book week 2018 – Blinky Bill Costume…

One would think, when one no longer has children at mainstream school, one would be free of bookweek costume madness. One would be wrong. It seemed like a good idea when we RSVPed to our homeschool group’s bookweek event. The three big kids were reasonably easy to kit out – one went as Willy Wonka in a recycled costume, one […]

…raising crafty kids…

It is probably somewhat unsurprising to anyone, that my kids love craft & creating almost as much as I do. Multiple times a day, I get asked if they can do craft. We build handwork into our homeschool days. There are always multiple projects on the go at once, with their desks and the school table and the lounge room […]

…pocket money cashbooks…

One of the things I’ve found hardest to manage in this almost-cashless society of ours, isn’t coming across that one little shop that doesn’t have eftpos, but something a lot closer to home…pocket money. Because I don’t really carry cash these days, to pay out the kids pocket money involves a trip to the bank, looking like a dork asking […]

… easy felt crowns…

With the advent of homeschooling in our house, my schedule had to readjust somewhat, now that I have three school aged children at home full time, along with the mini munchkin. One activity that we still attend is our church playgroup that I help run each week, which the big boys like to help out with as well. But like […]

…adventures in homeschooling….

I’ve mentioned a couple of times in recent posts, that we have started homeschooling our children. I have also shared a bit of our journey over on instagram via my #thebarefoothomeschoolers hashtag.   We are three months in, and it is honestly the best decision. The children are thriving. We are all calmer. The pure desire to learn STUFF is […]