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Singing matters to kids

Posted by clevek , 20 February 2013 - - - - - - · 367 views

Singing. From their very first day, we sing to our kids. Soothing   lullabies to calm a restless baby (or agitated mums and dads). As our   babies grow into toddlers, soothing songs remain part of the bedtime   ritual.
  
  But it's just hit home to me that the singing ends.
  
  The Complicated One (now in Year 1 at school) no longer wants me to sing...


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First day of school - what a difference a year makes!

Posted by clevek , 04 February 2013 - - - - - - · 224 views

The Big Fella went to school today without a backward look. He waved happily to us, and literally skipped into the classroom.
  
  What a contrast to The Complicated One's first day of school,   when he retired to bed in his school uniform just before we left the   house, and literally had to be dragged crying into the classroom on days   1 and 2....


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I want the top bunk!

Posted by clevek , 20 December 2012 - - - - - - · 349 views

“I want the top bunk!” yells The Complicated One (age 6.5 years) on the first day of our short pre-Christmas break by the beach.

“No, I want the top bunk,” counters The Big Fella (age 4.5).

After much tedious negotiation, everyone agrees that:
  
a)    the eldest child will scale the dizzy heights of the top bunk (since he’s the best climber) and...


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I'm not the marrying kind!

Posted by clevek , 31 August 2012 - - - - - - · 243 views

“J always picks The Complicated One. It’s not fair. She wants to marry him, but I asked him first!”

Of   course L didn’t say ‘The Complicated One’, or even TCO – only I call   him that. But her meaning was crystal clear – the little boy she’d   decided to marry in the first week of kindy was now devoted to another   girl.

Fast   and furious friendsh...


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Clothes and circuses

Posted by clevek , 08 August 2012 - - - - - - · 212 views

"Can we look at the clothes section after we look at the toys?" Not words often uttered by 4-year-old boys. Unless they're The Big Fella   continuing his quest to look fashionably cool this spring.
  
  He certainly dressed to impress for our first family visit to the circus   last weekend. His Angry Birds t-shirt and scruffy blue jeans blende...


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Robin Gibb and the loss of innocence

Posted by clevek , 21 May 2012 - - - - - - · 679 views

It's hard to capture in words what the death of Robin Gibb means to me. But look at this simple photo of Barry, Robin and Maurice, before they were the Bee Gees...
  
  (Scroll down the article to find the black-and-white photo where Barry   looks about 12 or 13 years old, Robin (centre) and Maurice about 9 or   10. The caption says the photo was take...


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Mother's Day massacare averted

Posted by clevek , 14 May 2012 - - - - - - · 149 views

The Big Fella threatened to assassinate his mum on the eve of Mother's   Day. Having just turned 4, we hope he was just asserting his newfound   sense of independence, rather than trying to recreate the St Valentine's   Day massacre.
  
  "What are you doing?" mum asked as he knelt in front of his toybox, throwing its contents on the floor...


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Earth Hour nightmares

Posted by clevek , 03 April 2012 - - - - - - · 142 views

"What are we doing for Earth Hour!" screamed The Complicated One. It was   the Saturday morning of Earth Hour. Clearly he'd been dreaming about   it, and plainly he'd decided our response was inadequate.
  
  Last week his science teacher had asked everyone in class what they were doing for Earth Hour.
  
  She didn't seem impresse...


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Big Fella top dog

Posted by clevek , 14 March 2012 - - - - - - · 172 views

The Big Fella is enjoying being top dog. For 2 days each week, he sets the pace. It's just me and him. He gets to decide which park to visit, which   library books we borrow, and what games we play. He even gets first bid   on what we're eating for dinner.
  
  Of course it all ends at 3pm when school finishes and we collect The Complicated One. T...


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Fading first day of school blues

Posted by clevek , 28 February 2012 - - - - - - · 138 views

Week 5 of school and the first day blues are fading. We’re not out of   the woods yet, but the path is smoother and the undergrowth is thinner   and hides fewer dangers.
  
  Much to our relief The Complicated One is making friends quickly. Last   week after morning assembly I watched him walk back to class holding   hands with a little girl (who he later...






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