13 Things to Expect When Parenting a TWEEN
Tween
I’m just going to come right out and say it. I’m a smug mum. I try to quell it, I do, but there really isn’t any escaping it. I’m smug. I’ve got a thousand little reasons to be a smug mum and two enormous ones. At least, I used to. But this year, my eldest son turns eleven. And it’s like the universe...
This Single Dad Setup a Hair Class to Teach Fathers How to Do Their Daughter’s Hair
Dad-Hair-Classes
Father and daughter relationships are some of the sweetest, and what better way for dad to bond with his little girl than to master the art of doing her hair. Although this seems like an absolute nightmare for some, Phillipe Morgese, a single dad in Florida, decided to run a Dads and Daughters hair class to hep other fathers learn tips, tricks and...
From Babies to Tweens – 10 Of Our Most Popular Parenting Articles
From babies to tweens, we’ve compiled ten of our most popular parenting articles all in one spot just for you! So get your favourite device, grab a cuppa and settle in for some sensational Mum Central reading.   1. Let's Take The Kids to the Park - A Real Mum's Story If you’ve ever taken your little ones to the park, on your own, then you’ll...
When Mother’s Day Doesn’t Look Like the Catalogues
Mother's-Day-Catalogue
It struck me today that there is Catalogue Mother’s Day and there is Real Mother’s Day. The mums in Catalogue Mother’s Day have slept eight-plus hours and woken with flawless complexions, softly curled hair and pyjamas that speak maternal care and feminine desirability all at once. They smile with quiet serenity as angelic, doe-eyed children press brightly wrapped parcels...
Loom bands are out, Cyril Rioli is in! Nurturing Their Inner Entrepreneur
If I never have to see another small coloured rubber band lying tauntingly on my lounge-room floor or endure another YouTube tutorial on “How to make the wickedest, coolest, awesomest ladder band in the world” presented by some precocious 10yr old it will be too soon!! Lucky for me and all the other parents of the world we are going...
First Moon Party – Best Period Ad EVER
Ever noticed how little girls just can't wait to grow up? This pre-teen girl is desperate to keep up with her peers and become a 'blood sister' so she FAKES her first period. What her mum does next in this ad is equal parts excruciating and brilliant. You are invited to Katie's First Moon Party   "Periods don't have glitter in them" We reckon...
Is Your Household Ready for Teenagers and Hormones?
Teenagers and hormones. A supercharged combination! Is your household ready for it? My son is 9.  I want to bottle this age.  Growing up but still my little man.  But watching both the boys and girls in this age group, reveals subtle but real hormone changes – a warm up for what is about to hit!  Puberty is marked in both...
10 Things To Tell Your Kids Before They’re Too Cool
This week, my daughter turns 10, and two things occurred to me about this: How the hell do I have a 10-year-old? Is a real adult going to show up and help out with this sometime soon? There are so many things I want to tell her -- now, before she is in the onslaught of middle school and too...
10 Parenting Rules – and I broke them all
Confession.  I was one self-righteous, know-it-all bitch Before Children . It’s true. I knew it ALL. Anything wrong with a kid? It’s their mum’s fault. Sometimes their dad’s. But mainly mum... because she CHOSE the dad after all. In my, far from humble, opinion parents were entirely responsible for everything their kids did, thought, said and broke. And I knew...
Girls and Puberty – 15 Quick Tips
Whether your daughter is a princess or tom boy, no matter how she expresses her precious self, she is one day going to become a woman. Most girls start puberty between 10 & 11 years onwards, some even as young as 8 years. In this age of information overload the most important focus is preparing a girl for the changes...