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The Days Are Long, But The Years Are Short (via Sarah Condon)

Though parenting young children can be the most demanding of seasons in a person’s life, it is also a time that our minds return to with an increasing fondness as the years pass.
Sarah Condon writes an essay on The Work Of Love which is parenting:

It is hard to recognise that you are in the sweetest time of your life when you are in it. People often say to young parents that “the days are long, but the years are short.” They are right. In a very short time my children will be adolescents, and then teenagers, and then I will have one very quiet house. I know that there are happy years beyond these. But for some holy reason, these are the years we return to in our memories, even decades later. I am convinced that the work of love we do stays with us no matter how much time has past.

Sarah Condon, Churchy, Mockingbird, 2016, pg 59.


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A Musical Evening

Listening to my daughter and her cohort performing with their music school.

Especially looking forward to an ensemble rendition of ‘Tears In Heaven’.


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Cat Party by Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Cat Party plays at our house sometimes.
‘Bring your cat, and something to share.’


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Imagine What It’s Like With Number Five

Lunarbaboon makes a point that increases with frequency.
Grandchildren are another matter altogether, however.


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The Hold

How to comfort a crying baby.
By a pediatrician.
This works.
The babies look like they’re enjoying it.
Shame it doesn’t look like you could do it with teenagers.


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My Daughters Wished I Took This Class: Hairbrushing 101

Classes for fathers on “how to do “pain-free” brushing, use detangling products, execute a basic ponytail, create a fishtail braid and — the piece de resistance — a flower braid.”
One testimonial: “It’s definitely helped,” he said. “And it’s better than her sitting there going ‘ouch, ouch, ouch’ when I brush it.”
Here’s the article on Melbourne’s Herald Sun.
If you search you’ll find it at other places.


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O You Terror

Parents, view this.
Let the hearers understand.
This must have done the rounds last year, but I missed it.