Ramblings of a mad woman!

Back when I started blogging, when we were still using dial up and massive desktops, I used to share really random information with my readers. Stuff about my day, what the kids were up to – real every day “boring” life stuff! I miss those days, if I am honest. Do you? Do you even care about hearing those kinds of things?

Well today I am not really giving you the choice, this post is the ramblings of what some may call a mad woman, me!

Last week we discovered Jack’s school have a no homework policy. I think it is mainly for the foundation phase grades but I still think it is pretty progressive. They seem to be big on letting the kids just be kids and Jack is having lots of fun. Where are you guys on the concept of no homework? Yeah I know we did it and we turned out fine but is that a valid enough reason to keep doing it?Ramblings of a mad woman|HarassedMom

I am having a slight meltdown over the cost of food and wondering whose idea it was to have FOUR children who are growing and eating more than I think is normal. Seriously though guys? Is it just me? Yes my kids eat a lot but the cost is killing me! I bought eggs at the petrol station this morning and they were actually R2 cheaper than my local PnP. Since when is a petrol station CHEAPER than a supermarket? ARGH! I am going to try (again) to get a handle on this. What meat are you all eating? We haven’t had lamb in months, it is just too expensive and even mince is now R70/R80 per kg!

Is there such a thing as too much nakedness in a toddler? Emma loves being naked. She is happy to cruise around with nothing on but it is making the dudes in our house uncomfortable. What is a positive way to get her to understand why she needs to put clothes on when we are all here?Ramblings of a mad woman|HarassedMom

So I now have 4 kids at 4 different schools. We are managing it all pretty well, fortunately the older two can keep track of their own stuff and both new schools have good communication skills. But afternoon pick ups are still fun. Everyone finishes 10 minutes apart on opposite ends of our sleepy suburb. So someone is always collected late and the teens appear to be planning a revolt soon. Thankfully holidays start next week!

What do you have planned for the Easter Weekend? We have no plans (YAY) except for a charity event on Monday handing out Easter Eggs. I haven’t bought the kids one egg and honestly I am struggling. The stuff is all so expensive just because it is shaped like a bunny or an egg. Davids mom has given us a bag of assorted bunnies and eggs and I am just going to use those. I am all for celebrating but honestly how much chocolate can kids really eat? And do they need to eat that much?Ramblings of a mad woman|HarassedMom

What I am about to say really is a rambling rant but can we talk about school parking lots for a moment? All the schools I have ever had kids at have very clear rules for drop offs and pick ups. There are arrows, scholar patrols, cones and in some cases metro police. Despite this at every pick up there is one parent/transport service who will go up the down or park in the pick up and go spot. There is always someone who thinks they are the most important and must push everyone else out the way. It drives me absolutely mental. Do people (adults) not realise that if we all follow the rules/arrows it will work and we can all be on our way quickly.

I obviously can’t go into this in too much detail but I will say that teen girl moods are darker than those of teen boys. Also girls seem to move away quicker and easier than boys do. (Some days I fear both my sons will be forever attached to my apron.)

And that, good readers, is my ramble for the day! Did you enjoy it? Leave some comments and let me know whats up with you!

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  1. 26 March, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Yes Yes yes! you just listening to my heart and put it into words.
    The school drop off – argh!!! Gets me every day!
    The price food – I want to crawl into a whole!
    Easter Eggs – Hides face – i am also going to hide the eggs that other family have given me. I just cant afford to pay those crazy crazy prices.

    Thank you for rambling. It made me feels so much better that I am not alone!

  2. deborah
    26 March, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    As a old reader of your blog I remember those days. I also remember you saying you weren’t going to be doing too much of it now that the kids were older (do miss those “catchups” someday it felt like we were just ranting over couple bottles of wine) now to answer some of your other “ranting” regarding homework policy and being a mom of kids who need the reinforcements some days I feel homework is good thing but other times I feel they are just way to overloaded trying to maintain school/sports and playtimes.
    Cost of food is insane and as for trying to budget well that never happens because costs just rise almost weekly and am I the only one thinking the price goes up but portion size gets smaller?
    As for parking and school drop offs why do some parents think there “little darlings” aren’t able to walk couple steps to the gate and feel they have to double park /block roads in order for their darling to get to school. My sons school had a group of Grade 7 standing on the road (under teacher supervision) reminding parents not to double park when dropping off worked pretty well and I even tried to suggest it at my daughter school but that went on deaf ears (both kids schools don’t have a drop off system and we have to rely on street parking which can be irritating specially when parents park on the island and block the road for oncoming traffic (accidents waiting to happen)
    lastly thanks for the warning about teenage daughters mine is turning 12 this year and I sometimes find myself reminding her im her mother and not school friend and she needs to wathc her tone of voice and attitude! Shew and that’s me done

    • Laura-Kim
      27 March, 2018 / 6:10 am

      YES to the parking AT THE DOOR! I get that our kids are the most important thing to US but there is a world of people out there that we need to consider!

  3. Tracey
    26 March, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    OMG, Laura, the cost of food! I am spending up to R4000 a month on food. I just never seem to be able to keep up with the demand. Granted my family has expanded slightly, it still doesn’t justify an extra 1500k! When I plan dinner, I have to think of ways to make the chicken less chicken-y because that seems like all we are eating at the moment! And easter eggs – I think I may have a problem – I was adamant that I would NOT be extravagant, but guess whose’s getting Lndt bunnies? EVERYONE!

    • Laura-Kim
      27 March, 2018 / 6:11 am

      Why did you expand? I thought you got less?

      • Tracey
        3 April, 2018 / 11:23 am

        Kept the step daughter…..and I added 2 boys. One Joshua’s age and one Tori’s age

  4. Chan
    27 March, 2018 / 9:15 am

    I love your “rambling” rant posts or even if you aren’t ranting, just reading about everyday life is the best! Don’t hesitate to post more of them 🙂 🙂

    Food is very expensive, especially meat which I hope encourages more people to have vegetarian meals more often and save animals from suffering.

    I don’t think toddler nudity is an issue if it’s just done at home, dunno why the males feel uncomfortable. I’d just let her enjoy herself but make sure she knows not to take her clothes off around anyone else besides her parents and siblings because of all the creeps around, she will outgrow it by herself when she becomes more conscious of her body etc.

  5. 27 March, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    I love these posts, Laura. It’s different if you only ever knew a blog as one iteration but for us from the good old days, this is how we bonded.

    Anyway, I hate homework. It doesn’t actually improve anything (research proves) so I can’t see the point. I wouldn’t mind if they said the kids need to read for 20 minutes a day or whatever, but actual homework? UGH!

    I’m finally going to be doing an update on OrganisingQueen about groceries and such in April. Yes, crazy prices everywhere. We only eat chicken, box fish and mince…
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