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Musical nails: A super-girly, super-fun party game for tween girls

Musical nails: A super-girly, super-fun party game for tween girls

We've always loved parties at our place and for years we put on THE BEST SHOW for the kids. Over many years we hosted over 25 BIG parties and each was wonderful for its own reason. Lottie's 8th birthday was a 'Fashion Palooza' and we invented what I think is the...

50 cheap or free ways to have fun with friends

50 cheap or free ways to have fun with friends

We love it when our kids want to hang out and be social. We don't love it when they have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to have fun with friends. Every now and then it's great to go to a water park, shopping, laser tag, eating fast food or seeing a movie, but...

6 card games kids love just as much as screens

6 card games kids love just as much as screens

Getting my tween and teens off screens and into other things is a well-known preoccupation of mine. I don't hate screens, I just don't love the amount of time my kids want to spend on them. Finding a bunch of card games kids love is my latest approach. I'm happy to...

100 fun, quirky, important ways to bond with your teen

100 fun, quirky, important ways to bond with your teen

Are you like me - a discarded parent looking for ideas on how to bond with your teen? Sometimes we can go a full week without so much as a good morning from our self-absorbed teenagers. When I asked Mumlyfe readers what they most needed advice on when raising older...

30 cool creative writing ideas for kids and teens

30 cool creative writing ideas for kids and teens

Most kids and teens love listening to stories and as they get older the urge to tell their own stories grows too. For some kids (often those we call ‘born writers’) this is an easy thing to do - no list of creative writing ideas for kids needed. They grab a piece of...

75+ 80s movies you need to watch with your kids

75+ 80s movies you need to watch with your kids

Like many people in their 40s I love returning to the era of my teenage years, enjoying 80s movies, music and TV shows.  I grew up in NYC and live in Australia, but nothing can take me back in time and place like returning to my favourite 80s movies.   My...

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

10 genuinely fun outdoor activities for older kids

My kids spend a lot of time outside, even now that they are older. Sending them out for a play is something I've done since they were small and we just never really stopped. But I get that coming up with outdoor activities for older kids can be problematic. My girls...

50+ (mostly) free things to do in the holidays for older kids

50+ (mostly) free things to do in the holidays for older kids

It can be super-hard coming up with free things to do in the school holidays. The thing is: there are plenty of things, really. Our kids have just brainwashed us into believing that only a theme park will do. Not true! Not everything on this list is free, but there...

7 awesome Minute to Win It games you HAVE to try

7 awesome Minute to Win It games you HAVE to try

We've played these wonderful Minute to Win It games at parties for years. They are a riotous, screeching good time. In fact, these Minute to Win It games are loved by quiet kids and rowdy kids, both boys and girls, and in ages ranging at least from 7 to 13. Wait, make...

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Are you neglecting the most powerful act of self-care?

Are you neglecting the most powerful act of self-care?

Many of us are (rightfully) focused on taking care of our health, eating nourishing whole foods and trying to be active … while meditating and flossing and taking some time of disconnection, away from devices. These are each a wonderful act of self-care, and they...

How to help your child be more assertive

How to help your child be more assertive

My middle child is a shy one. She's full of beans and very outgoing when she is comfortable, but struggles when she doesn't know people well. In fact, I'd go so far to say that being asked to be more assertive with people she doesn't know is the very, very worst thing...

Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Here’s a treat – the Mars Bar slice. Take a Mars Bar and add butter to it then stir in some puffed rice and then coat the lot in chocolate. Oh lordy, it’s like taking a murmur and turning it into a heart attack, but in a totally fine way. This is quite simply the...

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