Rainy Day Activities for Kids
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It’s Armageddon in Sydney as I type—a once in 100-year storm and no sign of it passing just yet. All over the city countless parents are stuck in doors with young kids who are by now acting like Jack Nicholson’s … Read More

Putting your kid on a leash
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Between the ages of 1 and 3, my son was a runner. Given the opportunity, he’d take off and not look back. Store detectives at three different department stores knew him by name, security staff at Sydney, Narita and JFK … Read More

Your child’s 1st overseas trip–15 top tips
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Heading overseas for the first time? Prepare your child with these easy steps. 1. Discuss the trip in the weeks leading up to your departure. 2. Discuss any fears they might have and help alleviate them. Then, embrace the excitement. … Read More

Take time out when travelling with kids
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  My ex just spent three weeks travelling with our sons. As much as I love my ex-husband—he’s a good guy and we remain great friends—it’s rare for him to spend such large chunks of time with the boys. So … Read More

Passports and the passing of time
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My boys recently got new passports. It’s my older son, Buster’s third passport, my younger son, Vesuvius’s second. To me, there’s nothing that marks the passing of time as poignantly as a passport. I’ve written about my own experiences of … Read More

Tips for Travelling Light with Children
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Have you been dropping my Mumslounge and reading my blogs there? Travel light… a way of travelling, not a lamp. In my opinion, the word “essential” and “travel” rarely go together. Yes, it’s essential to have your passport if you’re … Read More

Flying With Kids – A Pain in the Ear
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Here’s my latest blog for the fabulous Mumslounge.  I was on a flight last week where a toddler screamed hysterically from the moment passengers were told to turn off electronic devices, to the moment the plane hit the tarmac. His … Read More

Divorced families—when your kids go travelling with the ex
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I’ve just signed new passport forms for my kids. I think it’s my older son’s third passport, my younger son’s second. They’re off to Japan and Austria next month with their dad. I’m jealous. I want to go too. I … Read More

Convicts, Castles and Champagne tour… with a kid
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I took my son on a Convicts, Castles and Champagne tour. It was his 9th birthday and he’d asked for a fun experience instead of a present. He’s not an adrenaline junkie like some kids. He’s quirky, obsessed with history—Greek … Read More

Experiences for kids, not things…
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If there is one thing I want for my kids, it’s for them to value experience over possessions. I believe that to live fearlessly, and to be balanced, you need to let go of desire for material things. Things don’t … Read More

Added passengers—travelling while pregnant
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Perhaps a roller bag would be better… My kids travelled a lot before they were born. They were both conceived overseas, and racked up countless miles before their entrance into the world. Son number two was conceived in a small … Read More

Lovely birthday gifts
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I recently … er … celebrated my birthday. I thought I’d share my three favourite pressies with you. TOF bought me a ring. I’d seen him searching a catalogue, and overheard him calling a store about one, but in the … Read More

Toddlers aren’t all feral travelers. Look!
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I was looking through some old pre-digital pics yesterday and came across these delightful snaps of my now nearly 14-year-old. Here he on his way to Japan. He was about fourteen months old. Not long after this pic was taken, … Read More

My Two Uncles book review
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I recently downloaded My Two Uncles, by Jeff Rivera, who I know through various author networks. It’s a great little book about a subject that really shouldn’t be so controversial anymore. I can’t understand why there is still debate over same … Read More

Top 5 Items to Pack for Toddlers
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Today’s guest blogger is Sally from Toddlers on Tour, a great website  for parents travelling with toddlers. More info on the site below… make sure you check it out. When you’ve got little ones it really feels like you are … Read More

No money, no time? 5 ways you can still travel.
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Today’s guest blogger is Inga from Cool Kidz Cool Trips. Inga lives in one of my all time fave travel destinations–Slovenia.  If my family traveled every time we had itchy feet, we would be bankrupt by now. But that doesn’t … Read More

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