8 things parents should expect from their child’s first year of school

It’s the time of year when many parents are coming to terms with their child starting Big Kiddy School: a significant life chapter of milestones, friendships, ever-growing limbs – and stinky lunch boxes. But while pencils may be sharpened and uniforms labelled, school preparedness also involves considering other factors and potential issues that school life […]

11 things I miss about parenting small children

It’s easy to be stupidly nostalgic about toddlers once your kids are grown, but as my children move into teen-hood I find myself wistfully eyeing off those harried young mums herding toddlers. Worse still, I find myself wanting to say that MOST ANNOYING of sentences: ‘Enjoy it, they grow so fast.’