interesting things

keen to extend your life expectancy? go take the blue zone vitality compass test. i want to read the book too.

13 little-known punctuation marks we should be using.

artwork about food storage.

super cool bear hibernation facts.

why you should let your kids loose on the sticky tape.



nine hundred and fifty-nine // first time helping to set up the christmas tree ... 
there are a large number of baubles clustered between the bottom of the tree and as-high-as-a-two-year-old-can-reach.

one hundred and sixty-five // texture fiend ... i remember m. going through a phase like this. 
he's been flinging himself out of my arms in his rush to scratch at the couch fabric.


in progress // a gift

working away on something for someone (can't be too specific, you never know who will drop by the blog for a sticky and when)

this is delicious jo sharp classic dk wool and silkroad dk tweed. i'm in love with the colours.

i'm playing along with everyone at my creative space.


inspire // nurtureshock

i can't remember how i found nurtureshock by po bronson and ashley merryman, but it's a fascinating read. so fascinating that i couldn't put it down. i read from 7:00pm when the kidlets went to bed till 12:00am that night (and paid for it the next day mind you).

the authors have drawn upon an enormous volume of research (the list of selected sources and references seems almost as long as the text itself) conducted into the behavioural psychology and neuroscience of children and adolescents to pull together a collection of essays. each one thoroughly and logically explains why a commonly held belief about the way children and teenagers operate is totally incorrect.

in chapter one they deal with the logical belief that it's good to tell your children how clever they are ... and why that's totally the wrong thing to do. it seems that you're better off telling them they tried really hard, put in a lot of effort or did great work. because those are all things within the child's control, while being smart is not. kids who are told they're smart tend to underestimate their abilities and lack confidence when tackling new and unfamiliar tasks. they also underrate the importance of effort.

i found this a bit of a revelation, because i do remember feeling this way as a teenager. i'd always been told i was clever in primary school and most academic things came easily (with the exception of reading time on an analogue clock and spelling). when i hit high school i was a little fish in a big pond and most of the time i felt like a fraud.

i have a very strong memory of sitting at my desk thinking to myself that i just must not be as smart as all the other girls in my maths c class, that i had reached the limit of my genetic potential when it came to intelligence. i seriously wish that i knew then what i know now ... i can't say for sure that i would actually have chosen to apply myself any better than i did, but it would have cut out a whole lot of angst and self-pity!

as for the rest of the book, i'll let the chapter headings speak for themselves...

the inverse power of praise: sure he's special. but new research suggests if you tell him that, you'll ruin him. it's a neurobiological fact.

the lost hour: around the world, children get an hour less sleep than they did thirty years ago. the cost: iq points, emotional well-being, adhd and obesity

why white parents don't talk about race: does teaching children about race and skin colour make them better off or worse?

why kids lie: we may treasure honesty, but the research is clear. most classic strategies to promote truthfulness just encourage kids to be better liars.

the search for intelligent life in kindergarten: millions of kids are competing for seats in gifted programs and private schools. admission officers say it's an art: new science says they're wrong, 73% of the time.

the sibling effect: freud was wrong. shakespeare was right. why siblings really fight.

the science of teen rebellion: why, for adolescents, arguing with adults is a sign of respect, not disrespect–and arguing is constructive to the relationship, not destructive.

can self-control be taught? developers of a new kind of preschool keep losing their grant money–the students are so successful they're no longer "at-risk enough" to warrant further study. what's their secret?

plays well with others: why modern involved parenting has failed to produce a generation of angels.

why hannah talks and alyssa doesn't: despite scientists' admonitions, parents still spend billions every year on gimmicks and videos, hoping to jump-start infants' language skills. what's the right way to accomplish this goal?

plenty of food for thought!




one hundred and fifty-four // my baby bird ...
he's on solids full time now (despite my wanting to wait till six months) and a much happier little person for it.

nine hundred and fifty-one // pigtails (and) wheeeee. the end.


on the moon

i showed her this photo taken at ngv kids corner.

she said:
look mummy, m-lanlan's on the moon.


inspire // stickwork

we took the kids into the city to have a look at the ngv kids corner at fed square and to check out stickwork by patrick dougherty.

the placement of the sitcks creates a swirling sense of movement which reminded me a lot of the way water can flaten long grass as it moves downhill towards a water course. i was also surprised by the variation in the colours of the willow bark.

it's an amazing piece of construction and in my expereince, artworks you can touch, feel and walk around in are few and far between. stickwork will be in place utill early 2013, so there is plenty of time to check it out ... definitely worth a visit if you're nearby.



nine hundred and twenty-eight // coming out the other side ...
we started well, had an extremely rough patch on day three and four and now
(after about two and a half weeks)
i feel like i'm not intensely focused on every little hop, jiggle and twitch that she makes.
(this ebook was extremely helpful, the free forum however, was not).

one hundred and forty-six // in the interest of accurate reporting ...
i feel it's only fair to say that he does this a fairly large proportion of the time that he is awake ...
lucky he's such a good sleeper or he'd have been given away free to a good home by now.


colour // toddler photography 2

inky // powder // dusky // bone // cocoa



some current favourites

cholokit (chocolate)
her-ie a cowlie (hairy maclary)
lello (yellow)
geego (there you go)
polie wolie (roly poly ... a somersault)
efelat (elephant)

ones she's grown out of

m-lanlan (her name)


colour // blossoms

petal // stem // bud // twig