I got to tick an item off my bucket list with this issue and it worked out just how I hoped it would.
Holding a backyard movie night is something I've planned to do for several years and simply never got around to it. But it seemed the perfect event for this time of year. After much deliberation we settled on a screening of The Lego Movie. The children invited a few friends around, we cooked hotdogs and popcorn, set up a screen and projector and then waited for the sun to go down (it turned out to be a later night than planned). You can find out more on page 40.
It was the perfect break from going over stationery lists and battling coverseal as we get ready to go back to school.
This issue has a strong back to school - or kindy, or daycare - theme to it. New entrant teacher Stacy Mcivor gives us her tips on getting a child ready to start school and we've got tips for getting through all those equipment lists for the year without breaking the budget.
My challenge for the year is to keep the lunchboxes full of interesting and nutritious food. Luckily I've got some help from nutrition expert Claire Turnbull. Turn to page 48. Happy reading and enjoy this brand new year, As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on Parenting. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org