The Christmas Rage

My son has never really bothered much with arts or anything creative, preferring facts, science and computer technology. His favourite TV programmes are Mythbusters, Bear Grylls, Top Gear and How its Made. So when he came home from school last week and told me that he had written a Christmas poem and had been asked to…

Meningitis – a Fatal Instinct

Have you ever ignored your gut instinct? I admit, this is something that I have done a lot. My gut has issued various warnings in the past, which I have not acted on as common sense usually won the mental debate. The day I brushed off ‘Mother’s Instinct’ however, threatened to be fatal. My poorly…

Mothers Guilt and Me

Mothers guilt plays a big part in my life, dictating what time I get up in the morning through to how much ‘ME’ time I allow myself.  I sometimes wonder if other mothers may have ever invested a full days energy into self-punishment because they had bullied their kids for the third morning in a…

Kindergarten Bullies

Regular readers of my column will know how much I detest bullies.  Usually either my stonking temper or a quick witted remark can fix those who would be evil but recently I found myself conquered; humiliatingly, by a five year old. It was at my children’s gymnastic class.  My little ones were waiting in line…

Competitive Mother Syndrome

My five-year-old daughter came home from school last Friday full of excitement.  In her little hands she clutched her end of year report.  Her teacher had told her that she had done well and she was eager to reap praise from Mum too.  She handed me the report and then ran off to play with…

The Demon Child

My Mother has jinxed me!  Just days after my son’s fourth birthday, she casually asked as to how he and I were getting on.  I thought this a bizarre question.  The dude is my angel and I am his Mother; how odd to ask if we were ‘getting on’.  She seemed surprised when I responded…