More towel trouble in Paradise.

There’s been a re- shuffle in our house. One of the five childrens’ bedrooms is the Taj Mahal of teen sleeping spaces. It is as large as the master bedroom, but without the ensuite. It’s spacious enough for… Read More

Step parenting is not a packet mix!

This is the birthday cake my youngest made for her closest in age step-sister.It was a, from-scratch classic chocolate cake that unfortunately bore no resemblance to the perfect snap on the recipe page. But she tried hard and… Read More

how to get kids to empty the dishwasher without being asked!

I came home to find my 14 year old step daughter had emptied the dishwasher,  (a chore that wasn’t even assigned to her) off her own bat. Incredible! No asking, no bribing, no threats, nothing. Just emptied! How… Read More

That’s not FAIR!!

I have a super- amazing photographic memory! I can recall exactly what chores my now 13 year old had to do when she was 7. I can remember the ages each of my 5 girls had to start… Read More