BIG ideas

Things we’ve discovered, often by necessity or chance or misadventure, and which make affording such a big family not such a strain on our budget.

Kids Need To Know This


A big part of raising kids is teaching them good habits. When you go to the toilet, flush and wash your hands. When you finish you meal, say thank you and bring the plate to the sink. When you wake before the sun’s up, either go back to sleep or wake your mother.

Rebate To Our Rescue


“I got nothing done today,” Tracey complained to me when I arrived home last Monday.

Monday’s are Tracey’s workhorse day for working on her photography business – a day for editing on Photoshop, ordering, meeting brides and doing book work. It’s also the one day a week she has no kids, with our lot either at school or day care.

Tracey’s idea of getting nothing done is a little different to mine. When I say it I mean I watched Youtube videos all day and struggled to make a sandwich for lunch: she just means she’s still got work to do.

“Well, do you think it’s time to put the kids into day care for a second day?” I asked.

Be Cool


Dealing with bullies is hard. Having your kids bullied is heartbreaking. I wasn’t especially good at coping with it when I was at school but as a dad I do have some advice for my guys. What’s a dad to do?

Home Fashion


“We need to buy more clothes for the kids,” I told Tracey after baths tonight. Her face registered both joy and shock. Joy, I assume, because of the prospect of shopping, and shock because we have cupboards full of plastic containers full of dress, skirts, shirts and shorts.

New Australian Payment for Dads


I think this is a fantastic new entitlement, giving dads a chance to participate and contribute in settling in their adorable little poo-factories. And two weeks seems about perfect. Two weeks of my ‘help’ and Tracey was begging me to go back to work.

Our Too Cute To Boot Theory


Tracey and I have been developing a theory these past fifteen years we’ve been raising kids together: the reason mother nature has made young children look so very, very cute is you wouldn’t put up with them if they weren’t.