It’s been a bit quiet around here. The big kid is back at school and the little guy and I have been pottering around, both a little bit at a loss. After weeks of noise and bustle everything has calmed down. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t love every moment of the holidays. There were plenty of times I couldn’t wait for school to start.
But now that it’s here I sort of miss the chaos.
A few years ago the media was awash with stories about the “mummy wars”. It was cartoonish and one dimensional. The indulgent stay at home mothers pitted against the ball-breaking super women who worked full-time. I am not sure if such a war ever existed. I think pitting mothers against each other is nothing but click and comment bait.
This is what I see when I look around at the mothers I know: Some work full-time, others part-time, some work from home, some are self-employed, some work within family businesses, some are studying, some give an extraordinary amount of time to school governance, some do not do any paid work, some volunteer. All of them are fantastic mothers. All of them have good days and bad days. All of them are busy. All of them are trying to figure out how to do their best. All of them love their children dearly and would do anything for them. And we all need a bit of support from each other.
So, in the spirit of supporting each other in the school yard (which seemed to be the original battlefield), this is my Motherhood Peace Treaty. Read more
Last year my eldest son started school. There were things I already knew, there were things I was grateful to be told and there were things that I wish I had of known.
These are my tips for making the first year of school easy for you and your little one.
The school year is nearly upon us. The kids are ready. The parents are ready. The books aren’t quite covered yet. My family are very lucky to be part of a warm and welcoming school, and am so thankful for the wonderful parents that surround my boys.
This year, I promise to live by the School Parents Creed. Read more