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Parenting disaster – an ongoing series

Well I have to confess to really making a hash of this one. Daughter has a car with a Mongoose Alarm system and a two button remote. We have two, … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Jolly Hockey Sticks – the College edition

Every year there is a pre-season Inter-College “tournament” at St. Cuthberts College in Remuera. It’s called the Anzac tournament and is by invitation only. As part of promotion the College hosts … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

Helping them grow up – the frustrating bit

Having two children, one a boy and one a girl. and with them having diametrically opposed dispositions is making for a fractious time. The awkward  bit after teenage and before … Continue reading

March 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – A New Car redux

This time though…. Well we still do have the big red garden ornament, its outside gathering a cobweb and surrounded by road cones as the road works goes on around … Continue reading

March 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Growing up and letting go – sporting your life vicariously

At 17 it’s come down to a battle of wills. Miss does not want to play club hockey this year. We already agreed that the representative competitions weren’t going to be a feature, it still  seems … Continue reading

February 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – A New Car revisited.

Insert swearing word here, well insert a few. Seems that although superficially the new to you car was pretty tidy turns out it was just waiting to blow up. Firstly … Continue reading

February 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Trying Teen Times – Part the Seventh – Getting your life back

not getting another cat, that would be a bit of a win. I’m sure we don’t want to become crazy pet people who substitute dogs or cats for kids and tie themselves with a badge of courage for doing so

January 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – Part the Sixth – A New Car

Well we found a car, a very low mileage two owner Mazda Astina 1994 – which makes it only slightly younger that the #Boychild, and so we brought it.  It comes as … Continue reading

January 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – Part the Fifth – Cars

A couple of years ago #Boychild wanted a car, and we made him save his hard-earned cash for one. It was only a ‘bomb’, and was never going to last … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · 2 Comments

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – Part the Fourth

but when he sits next to me with a gamestaionboy device I know he’s been more focussed on some qualification and experience in something that’ll do him no good and have no relevance in anything he wants to do in life.

December 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one – Part the Third

I grit my teeth, oh I really do. Daughter will not keep here room space tidy. I get surface mess, I just don’t appreciate piles of clothes, It’s very trying. … Continue reading

December 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one- Part the Second

My son has had an epiphany, his moment of realisation, that bit as a teenager when you have a stream of consciousness, the outpouring of everything that you think you’ve done … Continue reading

November 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Trying Teen Times – the grown up one

“That my son is not a plan it’s actually a bit of a nightmare”

November 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Living your life vicariously – the sporting edition

And this is where it gets interesting since I’d like her to play to prove a point and to have some fun, and she is saying no

October 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

The daughter has an job in mind

It does seem that neither of them want to achieve mediocrity, and they do seem to get that a house, two cars, two kids and a cat isn’t exactly “living the dream” for the parents. I’m hoping to be a kept man in my dotage.

September 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

We are guests at the beach house.

I’m lucky enough to have in-laws who invested in a beach property many years ago. It’s a lovely place, built in the traditional way, it’s weatherboard and tin roof, built … Continue reading

August 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Googling your childhood

Google streetmap is a clever tool, I went for a virtual tour of some of the old places I used to hang. Pretty depressing. So this is the house where … Continue reading

August 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

ECE a user pays choice, not altruism

Education funding cuts take toll on families Strikes me than that this is a bit of a cry wolf story. Sure it’s a ‘cost’ but it is subsidised by tax dollars, and … Continue reading

July 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pre Ball Pretty

We had a pre-ball thingy at our house, and all the dughters came with their mothers, and with one exceptions all the daughters were taller than the mothers, I kid … Continue reading

July 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

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