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We have another fantastic competition – this time with thanks to JPH Photography!
The prize is:
> A family photoshoot
> 10 hi-res images on a disc
> Your favourite photo made into Christmas cards
To enter: ‘Like’ JPH Photography on Facebook and leave a comment on the JPH Facebook page - “what is your favourite thing to do with your family at Christmas?”
You MUST be available for a photo shoot before November 20th
Competition closes 9pm, Friday 9th November and winner announced shortly after.
(From my column published in The Coffs Coast Independent 25/10/2012)
Did you know there is such a thing as Grandparents Day in NSW? Last year the NSW State Government launched Grandparents Day to recognise the contribution grandparents make to our community. It is held on the last Sunday of October which is this Sunday, 28th.
When I was a child my grandparents lived far away – one set lived an 8 hour drive away, the other 12 hours. We visited every Christmas holidays and sometimes at another time during the year as well. But sadly, I didn’t have a day to day relationship with them. I don’t remember spending any one-on-one time with any of them.
In contrast, my two boys are very close to my parents who live close (okay very close, the next street in fact!). Granny and Pa not only do special things with them like take them to the movies, but they have a day-to-day relationship with them which I think is even more important.
They do fun things like gardening and arts and craft with my boys. My wonderful father (who is quite a hopeless artist) even looks up on Google step-by-step instructions how to draw whatever my 3 year old requests: trains, tigers, snakes and more!
My Mum is the adult of choice for taking out splinters (they don’t even flinch for her) and naturally makes the best scones and chicken casserole. So to say they contribute to my family and the life of my boys is a most certainly a true statement.
These days even if the grandparents in your family live far away, whether it be in another town or across the other side of the world, the way we interact and communicate with them has changed dramatically.
I used to write long letters to my Nana, on my pretty writing paper and tell her all about what was going on and what I’d been up to. We didn’t get a phone connected until I was 13 years old, so I never spoke to her on the phone as a young child. My other grandparents never even had a phone at all!
These days there is email, SMS, MMS, blogs, Facebook, photo sharing online and probably the best of all – Skype. We can interact on a day to day basis and even far away, grandparents can see their grandchildren grow up before their eyes (even if it is on a computer screen).
I know I am lucky to have my parents so willing to be involved in my boys’ lives. My kids are lucky too because Granny and Pa have a lot to give and contribute to their lives, even if they do get spoiled a bit in the process!
So to all Grandparents out there and especially to Granny and Pa – LOVE your work!
On today. Day for Daniel – here is a good little video to show to your kids…
Occasionally I will do or say something that sounds exactly (scarily) like my mother. I recently got tickets to see one of my favourite bands, Radiohead when they play in Sydney in November. My mother has a somewhat annoying habit of calling them Spearhead. The other day I asked one of my friends “now who is this One Direction?” except I called them New Direction. Yes, yes I know – I am a total Mummy dag.
Isn’t having kids meant to make you feel younger, like young at heart? Sometimes I feel so out of touch – something I swore as a teenager – I would never be. I had this grand plan that when I became a parent I would still buy Smash Hits and listen to the Top 40 just so I knew what was going on. But now I don’t know who One Direction is, couldn’t name one song by Lady Gaga (a question my 6 year old asked me tonight) or even Justin Beiber.
And something else recently happened that made me feel like an old silly mother. We were in Target for the toy sales and my 6 year old was looking for these things called ‘Trashies’. I have heard about these from other parents. However – I.Just.Don’t.Get.Them. They don’t do anything, they smell, you can’t build them, change them, grow them or destroy them. After expressing my dislike for them, using phrases like “waste of money” and “useless things that will just get lost,” I suddenly had a flashback to Trolls- remember those ugly little dolls with silly coloured fluffy hair? Probably just as useless and just as ugly. Okay so right, collecting and swapping useless, ugly things hasn’t changed since I was a kid.
My kids are only 6 and 3 years old and I have already turned into one of those really uncool mums who is so out of touch and it makes me feel 20 years older than I am. So how does a Mum stay cool? Well I’ve just discovered my old favourite Sunday night radio show, Take 40 Australia, is still around – and it has its own website. And you can even listen online to the songs (just not too loud). If I start practising now maybe I can become a cool Mum just in the nick of time…
We’ve done this since my kids where babies and with a minimum of 3 books per day at a very conservative estimate I think my 6.5 year old son has had over 6000 stories read to him.
And my theory is, you can never have too many books which is why there are A LOT of books in our house. And now my oldest is in Yr1 and reading on his own, he is quickly developing a real passion for books.
This week is Children’s Book Week with the theme “Champions Read!” Last Friday the Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the Book of the Year Awards for 2012. The awards recognise Australian authors and illustrators, and are divided in various categories, based on age group. You can look at the shortlist and winners here.
This Saturday 25 August, between 6-7pm is The Reading Hour. The Reading Hour is about sharing a reading experience, especially with children. Whether it is 10 minutes a day or one hour a week, sharing a book with your children will give them the best chance of becoming good readers.
Some of the most read books in our house over the years have been: Where is the Green Sheep, The Hungry Caterpillar, Hairy Maclary, Green Eggs and Ham, Dear Zoo, Edward the Emu and Meg and Mog.
Now my son has moved on to Zac Powers, Goosebumps, anything Enid Blyton, Dr Suess, Tashi and My Father’s Dragon.
What’s the most read book in your house? We’d love to know so please leave your comments here!