I'm a huge fan of kids painting, as it is great for their development on so many levels. Think creativity, pencil grip, developing hand strength, crossing the midline, bi-lateral coordination, gross motor skills, fine motor skills - you name it, painting helps develop...read more
So, it's been a while since I've posted an Invitation to Play table. It's not because I've been slacking (well.... maybe a little!) Just before school holidays I had put out some Lego and Duplo sets for the kids, and 2 large 50 piece puzzles. The kids enjoyed it so...read more
The twins have really been showing an interest in all things writing lately. So I decided to capitalise on this and make some star shaped crayons with them. It really is as simple as: Whenever I see a silicone mould that I like, I tend to buy two. One that I can...read more
SMB Book Club
With new titles each month covering topics like parenting, relationships, socio-emotional development and self-care, Serious Mumma Business Book Club is the one you want to join.
We know you are already busy, so we make it as easy as pie. A week before a new book is launched, we will email you the title, a link to purchase, a brief summary and hints and tips on how to fit reading into your hectic schedule.
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After just recently turning the big 4 0, along with a good friend of mine, I decided to create a list of Things to Do this decade.
After all, we’re in the prime of our lives.
And as a mother (particularly of younger children) we spend so much time focused on our family that it doesn’t always leave a lot of time or energy left over for yourself.
So this is a way to commit to taking care of yourself and your own development.
You’ll find a few things that are materialistic (Visit Your Dream Destination, Eat at a Fancy Restaurant) but most are focused on character development (Let Go of Expectations, Stop Comparing to Others, Find a Cause to Support, Undertake 40 Acts of Kindness).
I’d love to hear which ones you are planning to tackle first, and how it goes.
During a recent dinner with other mums of kids who have autism, the conversation turned to how open everyone is in disclosing this.
For me, I am VERY open about the fact that my daughter HAS autism.
My two main reasons are based around removing stigmas and giving people context for unexpected behaviours, and allowing them to see my child in a new light.
I feel that how we talk about what’s going on in our children’s lives sends them a message. And I really want my daughter to get the message that there is NO SHAME in having autism. It’s just part of what makes her, her. Just like having brown eyes, a determined nature and having epilepsy make up part of who she is.
And, it’s not all she is, hence my constant use of person first language (HAS v IS).
If you’re not as open as me, I respect that and understand that many factors play a part in determining how you share this information, and with whom, but if this is new to you, please think about the fact that how you address this sends a big message to your child about how they should feel about this label.
30 Days of Compassion Challenge