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    Cate, I'm printing that out. It is bloody brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Not the robbers and indians part though...oh no...

    We are renovating an enitre place. My list is a mile long. Oh yes, this is priceless.

    Yes Myf, my youngest has a friend down the road, but I'm not that keen on having my son go there IYKWIM. I usually end up with his friend here, and I'm okay with that as then they are both safely occupied together.

    The other one doesn't seem to bother going to see friends. *sigh*

    Although I'm talking to coach in a few weeks about changing town teams, so if that goes ahead he will at least be training for a while. He's usually really good when he's totally stuffed! Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Not sure of the Tassie situation, but in NSW, teacher's now have additional days for planning (ie pupil free days) as a trade off for losing some benefits.
    Yes, the education Dept was lobbying for it here together with a group of schools, and parental % knocked it back. It didn't pass, and teachers were very disappointed. I just think that many parents didn't understand it well. If they did, it may have been a better outcome for teachers.

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    Ah yes, Occy. Forgot. Must ask her. She explains things brilliantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Cate, I'm printing that out. It is bloody brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Not the robbers and indians part though...oh no...

    We are renovating an enitre place. My list is a mile long. Oh yes, this is priceless.

    Yes Myf, my youngest has a friend down the road, but I'm not that keen on having my son go there IYKWIM. I usually end up with his friend here, and I'm okay with that as then they are both safely occupied together.

    The other one doesn't seem to bother going to see friends. *sigh*

    Although I'm talking to coach in a few weeks about changing town teams, so if that goes ahead he will at least be training for a while. He's usually really good when he's totally stuffed! Lol.
    Happy to help DA and remember if you actually want the jobs done they need to be bored! So don't give them anything else to occupy them! LOL!!!

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    Well, I'm expecting Wolfgang/Inca to arrive mid-january, so at least he/she will help keep them occupied. Will probably go to the beach each day, and spend the next morning washing and drying all the towels that this dog will need! Lol.

    I'm serious, the idea is truly brilliant. We have so much that we have to do, and I also think money is the key. I could reward them both for jobs day in and day out and it still wouldn't come to anything like what it costs to go to all these places.

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    When we do the spring cleaning at the start of the holidays it is on the proviso that all jobs MUST be done by "this" time and done WELL!! or there will be nothing for the rest of the holidays!. My catch cry is - "If it's not done and not done well you KNOW I can find jobs for the rest of the holidays!" That soon gets them motivated enough to keep going. Another trick - I once saved for 6 months to give them a REALLY good chrissy holiday as they deserved it as we had been through some crap and they had behaved beyond their years, we went to the movies like 4 times and the pool nearly every second day, we went every where they wanted to go, no matter what the cost. At the end of the school holidays I asked them what they enjoyed the most - My daughter replied with " I liked our movie night where we sat and watched four movies in a row." My son replied with " I liked how we got to sleep in on the last week until when ever we wanted" You could have pushed me over with a feather! That happened three years ago and I still remember it! That was when I came up with all the other ideas cause I figure if what they remember is the free things they why am I busting a gut to give them the things that cost a fortune!!!!!!

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    I really like your way of thinking, Cate.

    I thought I could get them to set up the tent this weekend. I can just get them to take it down and move it once a week so the grass doesn't die underneath it. lol. Heck, when puppy arrives it would probably be a thrill as puppy can sleep in the tent too.

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    I remember the ONE time we set up the tent it was about two years ago the day after chrissy - I had sooooo much fun going out and pretending I was a wild animal and shining the outside of the tent with a flash light and pretending I was a ghost. I was laughing so much I nearly wet myself - the kids not so much and they haven't put the tent up since!!! Ask my kids if they want the tent up and they always reply with "Have you grown up yet Mum?" Good times! LMAO!

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    ha ha Cate.

    I bought one of those fright-torches a couple of years back for my son when he was going on a school camp. It was confiscated and the teacher wasn't impressed when my son told him I'D bought it deliberately for the camp. BIG MOUTH CHILD!!!

    Will dig that and have some fun, maybe.

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    *sneaks back in-writes down Cates idea-scampers back out*


    Who was the einstein that decided to coincide moving/packing boxes with the school holidays *arg*

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