Taking a Stand (or doing a cartwheel – same same)

I awoke this morning to find I had been quoted, in my role as founder of Real Mums, in an article in the Daily Telegraph regarding the increasing amount of conflicting information parents are overwhelmed with, each and every day, and how the associated guilt (and confusion, I’m willing to bet) is affecting the way parents parent.

I’ve only been saying this, over at Real Mums, for near on seven years now, so it’s nice that someone has finally caught up.

You can read the article here at The Telegraph: Parents on Guilt Trip from Advice Overload.

As I perused the morning news (via my site and Facebook, of course – where else would you get decent news updates from?) I was horrified to learn (via the Free Range Kids website and colleague Lenore Skenazy) that an Aussie school, one in NSW, has recently banned the acts of cartwheeling, head standing and hand standing in the playground.

I walk the kids to school; the biggest one riding his bike, the middlest one walking and bouncing his basketball and doing my head in the whole way there. Chippie chose the pram. This morning, I don’t blame him.

Grumpy, Chippie and I head along the local shopping precinct to check the post office box and decide we had time for a latte. We were accosted by a friend, had a catch up and Chippie had a screaming tantrum because of something I can’t fathom, leaving Grumpy Pants to decide he needed to immediately got to the bank across the way.

After Chippie eventually caught up with me; a process that involved him screaming at me to come back, me walking back, him not getting his way, whatever that was, refusing to hop back into his pram and/or walk with me, running off, me counting to three after telling him I was going to count to three and leave, then leaving whilst he screamed at me to come back …

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