Category: How things have changed

Teaching kids to fall asleep

Helping a baby fall asleep usually involves a pretty steady routine: a warm bath, a cosy sleeper, a soothing story, some milk and a few lullabies. Helping a toddler fall asleep means helping them brush their teeth, wrangling them into their PJs, answering numerous… Continue Reading “Teaching kids to fall asleep”

Remembering the ‘baby bubble’

Something in our conversation startled me. I leaned back in my desk chair reflectively, like an old lady in a rocking chair thinking back on her life. “Of course. Mum-Mums,” I thought to myself. “Those awful, sticky, lighter-than-air baby cookies. They made such a… Continue Reading “Remembering the ‘baby bubble’”

Paying for childcare when you work at home

This is something I’ve struggled with ever since I started freelancing, when D was just three months old. “If I’m paying for childcare, what’s the point in freelancing? I’ll barely make anything!” I was utterly CONVINCED that it didn’t make sense to shell out… Continue Reading “Paying for childcare when you work at home”

Finding a new normal

How to find your new normal when starting school is exhausting

I bought the thermos and the water bottle. I was ready with lunchbox snacks and juice boxes. I even baked fresh chocolate chip cookies for the heartwarming after-school mother/son chat we’d have on the first day. But I certainly wasn’t prepared for the exhaustion… Continue Reading “Finding a new normal”

Five Christmases

It’s nighttime on Boxing Day, and my post-Christmas melancholy has struck earlier than usual. Christmas with little kids is totally exhausting when you’re in the thick of it, but during the quiet moments — when no one is fighting over a new toy or… Continue Reading “Five Christmases”