The totally useless things I say to my kids

the totally useless things I say to my kids by Life on Wallace

I feel like a fisherman’s wife some days. Always screaming like a banshee at the boys to BE CAREFUL. But lordy I am wasting my breath. They pay absolutely no attention to me. None! They keep on yelling and running/wrestling/spinning/generally being rowdy. Of all the totally useless things I say to my kids ‘Be careful’Read more

Hey hipster, the rules apply to you too!

hey hipster, the rules apply to you too

There’s plenty of hipsters in Sydney. They are easy to spot. Trendy, carefully put together outfits that look effortless, perfectly manicured facial hair, often wearing glasses and riding a bicycle, with a general hip vibe. They hang out at organic, vegan cafes. They shun the mainstream but are generally harmless. Yet some hipsters seem to thinkRead more

Eldest child starting school = YIPPEE!

eldest child starting school - life on wallace

Is it wrong to be beside yourself with excitement about your eldest child starting school? The biggest lad starts school next year and it’s fair to say that I cannot wait. I might be more enthusiasitc than he is, and he is keen. He’s had kindy orientation recently and chatting to other parents, feelings seem mixed aboutRead more

Solo parenting does not make me a single parent

solo parenting does not made me a single parent

Occasionally, when Mr Wallace is travelling I’ve fallen into the trap of saying ‘I’m practically a single mum’ or ‘I’m a single mum this week’. But who am I kidding? It’s like saying you’re practically a doctor when you are a first year med student. Solo parenting does not make me a single parent. DoingRead more

Lauren’s postnatal depression story

Lauren's postnatal depression story - life on wallace

I’ve recently posted about my experience of my sister, Lauren’s, struggle with postnatal depression. Lauren is a huge advocate of parents speaking more openly and honestly about the challenges of parenting and the need to support parents’ mental health. After all, parenting is tough and perinatal depression can affect anyone. This is Lauren’s postnatal depression story. The babyRead more

My sister had postnatal depression

my sister had postnatal depression - life on wallace

I’ll always remember the day my niece was born. The phone rang one morning as I was doing the dishes. It was my little sister Lauren. She said, with no joy, ‘you have a niece’. The baby wasn’t due for about another four weeks. I panicked, firing off random questions, mostly about whether everyone wasRead more

Driving while distracted by kids

driving while distracted by kids - Life on Wallace

Life changes when you have kids, in so many unpredictable ways! I’d never have predicted how utterly awful my driving would become. I used to be a reasonable driver, but my word it is terrible these days. Driving around with three precious lives in the backseat should make me a more attentive driver. Holy smoke,Read more

Parenting like an FBI hostage negotiator

parenting like an FBI hostage negotiator

Anyone else have battles getting their kids dressed? Here’s how we currently roll. The littlest lad is the most compliant, yet even he wriggles around and squawks a bit. The middle lad is the trickiest, he loves hanging out in his pjs. Every single day he insists that the biggest lad get dressed first. ThenRead more

Being the default parent is relentless

being the default parent is relentless - life on wallace

Picture this, if you dare. It’s a Saturday morning and I am dashing about the house wearing only my knickers, still damp from the shower. Why? One of my boys requested paper, pencils and sticky tape. The other parent in our house was going about his business unaware of the happenings around him. You know whatRead more

Letter to my future Grandma self

Open letter to my future grandma self

Dear future Grandma self, Congratulations, you’re a Grandma! Your rascal sons have grown into men and are now becoming fathers. What a strange thought. As you write this you can barely imagine those smooth baby cheeks sprouting stubble. Future Grandma self, here’s some important information from 35 year old Claire. Ignore it at your peril.Read more