{The Nest Writes} No one told me how much I would miss her

My oldest child started big school this year and while she is loving it and fitting in well, no one told me just how much I would miss her.

I think I spent so much time getting ready for the big milestone, buying uniforms, arranging a lunch box and preparing for the first day that I didn’t really stop to think about what my new life without her by my side would be like.

I miss her. Every single day. anni bw

I miss our lunches together. I miss the endless questions. I miss the random declarations of love. I miss chasing the dog and going to the park. I miss taking her to the pool or grabbing a milkshake. I miss the freedom to do a day trip.

What I have realised is that now she belongs to someone else. Between 9 and 3 every day she has to be with someone else and that is really strange.

For five years we spent each and every day exploring the world together. Some days were great adventures, other days were nothing more than snuggles on the couch and cartoons, but they were often the best days.

I know its not just me, her sister misses her madly. She has not known a world without her sister in it every day. She is lost and bored trying to learn how to entertain herself.

I miss hearing her ‘play’ voice, her bossy voice, her laugh.

I have to be honest, I also miss the extra set of hands to help with the baby.

I miss baking together, visiting daddy at work or drawing. I miss our long walks, our trampoline battles and random dance-offs.

Each afternoon she comes home filled with information and stories about what she has learnt that day and what new adventures she has completed. Without me. She is out exploring this big world without her mummy.

I just wish I had known how much I would miss her.

So while I say go forth my little girl into the world for all to see, just remember mummy will always be here at home waiting for you.

{Raising Little People} Early menstruation and what it means for your daughter

While you may think your little girl is still a baby sometimes their body disagrees.

It may seem early, but it is quite normal for girls to start their period as early as eight or nine. This is an extremely emotional time and you may need some help on how to handle it. giorl

The brilliant team at KidSpot have put together some great pointers on how to handle the situation, how to be supportive and to help steer your girl through this change in her life.

You can find the link here -> Early menstruation and what it means for your daughter

Bookmark this, because you might need it sooner than you realise.

 

{This is life} An open letter to my daughter’s stepmother

Sometimes life doesn’t go as you plan.

When you are little you plan your life. Girl meets boy. Boy proposes to girl. Boy and girl marry. Boy and girl make babies and live happily every after.

Not all families end with mum + dad = kids forever.

Some families are different.

This open letter is beautifully written. It shows that even though ‘perfect’ doesn’t always work out, family is still family.mother

Read this, share it.

“An Open Letter to my Daughter’s Stepmother’

Happy reading Nesters x

{Raising Little People} 10 things no one tells you about having a daughter..

Having little girls in your life isn’t all about tutus and shotguns for future boyfriends (despite what the masses may tell you)

There are some things that no one really tells you, some things that you cannot really be prepared for and until you have one very special little lady in your life you will not really understand what we are talking about.

The clever and witty Bret Spears has put into words the things that No one ever tells you about having a daughter. It is funny and smart and a really brilliant read.

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Happy reading Nesters!