Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Kids Make Connections; Living in Family Home Offers Chance to Appreciate Younger Siblings

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Kids Make Connections; Living in Family Home Offers Chance to Appreciate Younger Siblings

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RAISING kids is a challenge, and the fact is no matter how old they are there's a part of you which always sees them as your little charges.

At the moment I'm in two minds about the current situation in our home. On the one hand, I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I am to announce my eldest child, Master24, has moved back in with us.

With his girlfriend.

Meaning we now have nine people living in a four bedroom (actually three bedrooms plus a sleep out) home with only one toilet.

It's awesome! I mean it! Well, bathroom issues aside, I mean it.

Mainly because he can spend time with his younger siblings, which is so important. After all, he'd headed off to university by the time his youngest sister was born, so they've got some catching up to do.

Because we are fantastic parents, Tracey and I are all for promoting that.

"Bye!" we'll say on a Saturday morning as we dance out the door to grab a coffee and chat all by our child free selves. "You kids have fun now."

And can I just say, he's been fantastic on that front. Both him and Charlotte play board or card games with the kids, and are happy to watch any old dribble they punch up on Presto or Netflix.

But late this week, things took an unusual turn.

"Where are you going?" Miss4 asked her big brother as he was about to head out the door. He explained he was off to work. "Okay, I'll come with you.

"Umm...

"I'll get my shoes.

"Umm...actually...

"You tell Mummy."

He then had to explain his work wouldn't let him bring kids to work. Miss4 didn't miss a beat.

"That's okay," she said. "You can take Onchao."

"Who?"

She dashed into her room and reappeared with the toy Santa decided she had to have, which she named after the winged baby unicorn in Mia & Me.

I hate I even know that. I mean, Mia & Me is no Barbie Life In The Dreamhouse. …

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