Our eldest daughter is about to get her driver’s license and was less than impressed that we didn’t buy her a car for her seventeenth birthday, as many of her friend’s parents did. Although we can afford to buy a car for our daughter, we feel that it is more important that she learns a life lesson of earning money so she can appreciate the hard work that goes into paying for things. We also believe she needs to learn to save for a goal and in doing so hope that she will take better care of a car that she has had to work hard to earn. Kids need to learn that not everything in life will be handed to them on a silver platter!

We did however offer to match her dollar for dollar to help her save enough money to purchase a half decent car. Our bare minimum requirements for her car were that it had to have the safety features of ABS and airbags and that it mustn’t have an excessive amount of kilometers on the odometer.

Initially my daughter’s sole condition was that the car had to be black. After searching cars in her price range her criteria widened to become anything with wheels!

After a lot of searching, my husband located a car he felt fit the criteria (although silver not black). The owners were relocating overseas and were desperate to sell (always a good sign they are keen to negotiate!). When my husband and daughter saw the car in the flesh it was grubby but ran smoothly as it been serviced regularly. My husband made it his own little project to detail the car by washing, polishing and waxing the car until it looked as close to new as it ever will.

So now my daughter has a cute little silver hatchback car that gleams and she is beyond excited about being able to take advantage of the freedom that comes with owning a car. I just hope she will treat it with TLC and keep it shiny and clean.

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My kids have been on holidays now for six weeks and to be frank, they need to go back to school so I can restore my sanity. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids and I love that they enjoy playing with friends, but a combination of late bed times, convenience foods and friends leads to hyperactive kids who tend to push the boundaries of acceptable play, as they try to show off in front of their friends. 

Whenever I try to reign in this behaviour, the kids seem to have a laugh and roll their eyes at their friends then simply change from doing one annoying thing to another.

I don’t generally like to discipline other people’s kids, but yesterday I was driving with two youngsters in the car who thought burping was a hilarious thing to do. After one particularly offensive belch I tersely told my son to stop it, as it was disgusting. This led to a round of hysterical laughing as a little girl confessed she was the perpetrator. I then said, that regardless of who was doing it, it needed to stop as it was making me feel sick. Their solution to my problem was to ‘catch’ the burps in an empty water bottle so I couldn’t smell them. At this point, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry!

This type of behavior is totally out of character for my son, but with an audience, he will turn into the type of child that plays up just to get a laugh. I know that he is not alone in this change of behaviour, as I have witnessed other kids acting equally odd when surrounded by their friends.

I don’t really understand why kids feel the need to show off in front of their friends. Surely their true friends should like them for who they really are – not the person who tries to impress them (through burping or other disgusting behaviour).

Thankfully after an early night last night, normal food and just our family for company, my son has returned to his usual self. I now just need to dispose of the bottle full of burp that is rolling around in my car before it is inadvertently opened and gasses us all!



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I’ve barely had time to write a blog today, I’ve been so busy playing ‘Mum’s Taxi’!


This morning I dropped one daughter to a friend’s house for a play, picked up two of my eldest daughter’s friends and dropped them all to the beach. I then proceeded to pick up a friend for my son to have a play-date with before collecting school textbooks then headed home for lunch and supervised the kids swimming whilst labeling the school books.


I am now just about to collect my eldest daughter back up from the beach to drop her to work, before taking the other kids to the beach to meet up with friends. I am then driving to my other daughter to her friend’s house to drop her off for a sleep over.


I don’t mind running the kids around because I know they are all cramming meeting up with their friends into the last free days we have for these school holidays. If only I received frequent flyer points for all the mileage!


Well no time to write, I’ve got to get the car packed up with kids and get going!





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