Grabbing the grateful moment

Experts laud the science of gratitude – I have no reason not to believe them. And I know from experience that an attitude of gratitude is probably the best disposition for human flourishing. I also know how it feels when a reminder to be grateful for the blessings I know I have feels like another…

Work and play during the school holidays

On Monday, the first official day of the spring school holidays, I put the kids to work washing and cleaning out both of our cars. I’ve been playing Chinese checkers with whoever will play with me after dinner time. Our 11-year-old is crazy good at the game. Or maybe I’m just really bad at it. Last night…

Parents of little kids, remember grown-up conversations?

They’re really nice, aren’t they? Around this time last month my husband and I rocked up to a school function that didn’t exist because we had got the date wrong. Since we’d already bribed our eldest to babysit we opted to stay out for a while. I was almost as excited as a teenager on…