Sibling rivalry

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My kids will compete about anything. ANYTHING. And everything. EVERYTHING. I did some research of the Facebook variety ('research', if you prefer), and it seems my kids are not alone in this. Kids will compete over who is first to click their seatbelts, who finds the TV remote first, who ...

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2016’s greatest hits

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It is nearly the end of December. It is nearly the end of December. One more time for the people up the back: IT IS NEARLY THE END OF DECEMBER. Holy cow. What a year, huh? The world went nuts. NUTS. Satirists and comedians had a great ...

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Photos of my family

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Can you do me a favour? Can you please pretend I've written a lovely, heart-warming introduction to this post? Perhaps it would be something about the importance of family photos and capturing your family as the kids grow older. Perhaps something ...

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Top web reads of November

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You'd be forgiven for thinking it was a quiet November around here. It certainly was on the blog. But it was the opposite in my real-life actual real life. It's been a month full of writing, invoicing, finalising clients, Christmas shopping, ...

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Top web reads of October

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October has been a rollercoaster. The biggest news to come out of it for me? I have a new job! I'm due to start in December, and so will spend November winding up my clients, hitting the last of the deadlines to which I've committed and preparing ...

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Interview with my children

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Two  years ago, I brought you Interview with a toddler. Last year, I shook things up with Interview with a pre-schooler (the dad edition). This year, I interviewed both of my children. At the same time. There were laughs. There was lots of talk ...

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I thought a thought

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I thought a thought, an interesting thought, So I put it out into the world. I nodded my head, and turned away, And the nastiness unfurled.   Someone else thought a thought about my thought, And put it out into the world. They ...

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Top web reads of September

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September was huge in the Hawker household. HUGE! The Bupa Blog Awards. The ProBlogger conference. A skiing trip. School holidays. My six-year-old's third foray into styling. Movie trips. Days at the park. Job interviews. Lots of stuff. Lots of ...

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The week my six-year-old was my stylist

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My daughter is a little fashionista. She constantly asks to choose my outfits. I have let her do so before, in January of this year and in August of last year. So after weeks (months) of saying, "Soon, soon," I had to let her at it again. Last ...

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The Fence – Meredith Jaffe (book review)

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I was in a bit of a book-reading funk earlier this year. I'm not sure what put me there. Perhaps I read a few stinkers in a row; perhaps I was in a funk myself, and therefore any task to which I turned my hand (or eyes) became funky by ...

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