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Category: (Grand)parenting (Page 2 of 5)

GRAND CRIMES – AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

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“Please, will you just shut up,” I pleaded/yelled as all chaos broke out with four Goddesses all vying for my attention.

This was my Grand crime. I imagined how my reputation with the neighbours as a dedicated Grandy had just gone down the gurgler.

The Goddesses looked at me in shock. Grandy doesn’t usually speak to them this way.

The outburst served to keep them all quiet for seconds until the next drama erupted.

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WELCOME TO HELL AND THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

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You don’t have to do bad things to go to Hell. Anyone can get there.

The tiny Michigan town in Livingston County is a popular fishing and swimming spot.

Or there’s the European alternative, Hell, a tiny village in Norway.

For me, it’s  more than 20 hours flying either way, so it could be easier to go to Little Hell, in Tasmania, Australia.

Perhaps I should try Satans Lair, also in Tassie, or Hellfire Bluff, Dismal Swamp or Misery Knob.

A trip to Victoria could find me in Mount Despair or I could visit Desolation Bay in South Australia, or Disappointment Hill, in Western Australia.

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TAMURIA’S A – Z OF MANNERS – A HAPPY GUIDE

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I could feel my mood darkening along with the skies as I sat in the grandstand watching my favourite football team play.

Well, actually I was trying to watch but it was a challenge as a group of spectators had decided to stop in the aisle, right in front of my view of the field, and have a conversation.

I had already been hit in the head by some woman’s handbag as she squeezed past the row of seats behind on a mission to buy food.

There were wet patches on my jeans where my drink had slurped over the top of my glass as someone in my row jostled past me.

I’m pretty sure our row contained the world’s hungriest and thirstiest people. Or maybe they just had weak bladders. Either way, sitting at the end of the row meant there was no respite and the action inevitably coincided with action on the field that I missed in an effort to move and avoid having my feet squashed. Wasn’t anyone here to actually watch the game?

Somehow I managed to hold my tongue, keep a (near) smile (maybe it was more a grimace) on my face and go on to watch my team make a stunning win.

It had me thinking, though. How easily we can get fed up and angry when people are so thoughtless and how different the world would be if more people followed  the simple rules of good manners.

 

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WHY I GAVE MY GRANDDAUGHTER THE GIFT OF SADNESS

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It’s not something we want for our loved ones. It’s not something we want for anyone.

When people are sad, our first urge is to take their sadness away, make them happy again.

When the people around us are happy they are giving out positive energy, which we benefit from. Our consciousness is not tormented with the feelings of helplessness, guilt, and frustration that sadness inspires.

There are countless books, courses, and articles celebrating happiness while sadness gets hidden away in the dark corner – something to be ashamed of, something to deny and never share.

It is what makes talking openly about mental illnesses associated with sadness so difficult. It is why so many suffer alone.

What if we celebrated sadness?

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HOW TO BURST THE BUBBLE AND EMBRACE THE SCRAPES

 

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Parenting with moderation seems to be one of the biggest problems for mums and dads these days.

We are constantly fed a diet of fear. Fear our kids will succumb to the latest germ. Fear our kids will be kidnapped or abused. Fear about how they eat, how they sleep, how they walk and talk.

This feeling is reinforced with government regulations about child proof bottle lids to keep them safe from poison and gates, designed to keep kids in. There are even some schools that forbid kids to do cartwheels and handstands for fear of injuries.

With all this fear comes the urge to wrap those precious people in bubble wrap to protect them from all the possible dangers.

The problem with bubble wrap is you can’t spread your wings.

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IMAGINATION STATION – WHAT WILL YOU BE TODAY?

If you could be anything or anyone today, what would it be?

Come on, close your eyes and think about it.

Would you be a beautiful fish swimming around the coral in the Great Barrier Reef?

A mighty eagle, soaring above the land, a tiny fairy (I did say ANYTHING), sprinkling pixie dust and granting wishes?

 

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A famous actor, an astronaut, a brain surgeon, a leaf – what would you choose?

When you close your eyes and think about it, you are using one of our most wonderful tools – imagination.

This is the key reason dress-up play is so important, but there are lots of other benefits too – read on.

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BALI STORIES – HOW THE WEAK CAN CONQUER THE STRONG

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Did you hear about the bird that pecked out an elephant’s eyes?

The blind and thirsty elephant heard a frog croaking near a cliff and thought that water was nearby.

It ran towards the sound and fell into the ravine, killing itself.

Sad, I know, but the tale demonstrates how the small and weak can use their wits to defeat the big and powerful.

 

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10 REASONS YOU NEED TO COOK WITH YOUR KIDS

You know it’s going to be messy. You pray they don’t sneeze into the mixing bowl. You understand the patience of a saint will be required just to make a simple snack.

But the benefits of cooking with your kids far outweigh the mess and stress. This is one of the most important activities to share with children as we all need to eat.

We may get through life without ever painting that canvas we had planned, or knitting a scarf, but we won’t get through life without food.

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We may not all become chefs, but if we are taught at an early age to understand food – where it comes from, what it does, we are more likely to make wise eating choices later in life.

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WORLD PEACE – IT’S A NUMBERS GAME

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The solution to world peace and harmony was revealed to us recently as we sipped on coconut water at a pool bar in Bali.

We were presented with a wide smile with bright white teeth and deep dimples as Marvellous Made’s Mathematical Solution was explained.

This amazing man spoke with great passion as he scribbled the Solution onto a serviette.

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WHEN THE LAST RESORT IS THE BEST RESORT

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What happens when you reach the last resort? You have the time of your life.

That’s what we discovered when, two years in a row, we accidently chose the last beachside resorts at two different towns.

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