Think About This… is a series of video posts that will feature here on Mum’s Word. My aim to explore the thoughts and opinions of other parents because we are all in this together (that’s not a High School Musical quote…really).

I would love to read your comments on Think About This…


  • At 2011.07.28 11:46, Kirri said:

    Is this your first vlog? If so….bloody good job! Slick, a good flow and just the right length. I’m always interested in what other parents think and feel about the whole journey and Im keen to see your next video 🙂

    • At 2011.07.28 11:51, Maria said:

      Hi Kirri,

      Yep my very first. Going back to my video production roots. I’ve been meaning to do it for a while but I wanted it to look really good so it’s a bit of an epic journey sourcing equipment etc.

      Thanks for the visit and comment.

      Love & stuff
      Mrs M

      • At 2011.08.06 11:04, Kirri said:

        Ahhh see you can always tell the pros. Now I know who to come to for some advice. Was that your hubby too? He was perty articulate…You guys rocked it. Geniunely looking forward to the next one…in fact, Im going to say Hurry up already!

        • At 2011.08.06 12:27, Maria said:

          Yep that’s my hubby. I was surprised when he volunteered to do it. It’s harder finding dad’s than mum’s to interview. Men are just so much more camera shy.

          Love & stuff
          Mrs M

      • At 2011.07.28 21:39, Lisa Lintern said:

        I love the way video conveys emotions like the one I felt watching this. Loved it. More please!

        • At 2011.07.28 21:45, Maria said:

          Hi Lisa,

          So glad you liked it. I’m happy it’s having the desired effect.

          I enjoyed doing it so there will definitely be more.

          Thanks so much for the visit.

          Love & stuff
          Mrs M

        • At 2011.07.28 22:22, Grace said:

          Well done, Mrs M !
          Thought provoking and actually comforting that there are others who think like me in this whole parenting game.
          Then on the flip side, I think it’s sad that there are others also thinking that the world is becoming a dangerous place in raising our children. Surely, we can all work together on that ???

          • At 2011.08.01 17:21, Maria said:

            Hi Grace,

            I think people are just naturally protective. Also we now live in a 24 hour news cycle and we all know that crime, tragedy and all round ‘bad stuff’ generally makes more headlines than good stuff so it is no surprise that we are given an impression that the world is unsafe.

            Thanks for the visit 🙂

            Love & stuff
            Mrs M

          • At 2011.07.30 00:33, Nicole @ myIdeaLife said:

            Well done – really got hooked – and of course could so relate. Really liked your hubby’s view on whether our awareness of danger has changed or whether the world is actually more dangerous. I personally dread to think of my boys doing some of the things I did, e.g. playing spotlight at about 12/13 with all the other kids in the street and running riot through the streets in the dark (no parents of course) Looking fwd to the next one
            Nicole x

            • At 2011.08.01 17:24, Maria said:

              Hi Nicole,

              I know about that feeling of dread when our kids get a little older. Like you, I think about the stuff I got up to and it could have easily gone so very wrong. I also think public perception has changed. I remember when Samantha Knight was kidnapped, the onus was on this horrible person who kidnapped her. I get the impression that if a 10 year old girl got kidnapped today, the parents would be vilified for having let her go out on her own. Which in my mind, if the most unfair thing you can say.

              Thanks for the visit.

              Love & stuff
              Mrs M

            • At 2011.08.01 16:26, Laney@CrashTestMummy said:

              You did a really great job on this vlog. Very honest stuff. We should talk about our fears more often – we’ll all find we’re not alone.
              Thanks – Laney

              • At 2011.08.01 17:28, Maria said:

                Hi Laney,

                Yes I was very lucky that my interview subjects were willing to be honest. I am really happy that people like you are enjoying it. And the fact that people are relating to the people in the interview is just proof, like you said, that we’re not alone.

                Thanks for the visit. Really appreciate it.

                Love & stuff
                Mrs M

              • At 2011.08.02 11:35, Trish said:

                Very interesting and it did make me think. It was enjoyable too watch.
                I know I have real fears for my 18yr old but I still let him do as he pleases now.

                • At 2011.08.02 11:48, Maria said:

                  Hi Trish,

                  Yeah you can’t hold them back. Otherwise they’ll start sneaking out a window or something 😉 That’s what I did.

                  I’m glad you enjoyed it.

                  Thanks for the comment.

                  Love & stuff
                  Mrs M

                • At 2011.08.02 23:50, Christie-Childhood 101 said:

                  What a great vlog, and a great conversation starter. I walked to school alone or with my younger siblings, rode my bike all around the streets, looked after my siblings home alone from the age of 10 for school holidays. So many of the freedoms we had, I fear our children will never enjoy, hopefully not to the detriment to their developing resilience and ability to think fast and deal with new situations.

                  • At 2011.08.03 00:36, Maria said:

                    Hi Christie,

                    I completely agree with you. There’s that element of ‘street smarts’ that you can’t teach in the home. To have your wits about you. And for me, I think that because, as my mother put it, we would get lost for hours on end, meant that I wasn’t constantly with her so we didn’t get on each other’s nerves. We had some breathing space. So many parents today talk about needing a break from the kids. Well my mum had a break from me everyday.

                    Thanks for the visit Christie.

                    Love & stuff
                    Mrs M

                  • At 2011.08.03 17:41, Miss J said:

                    Certainly made me think. It’s great to hear people give their honest thoughts on things that are so hard to talk about. Somehow it’s safer to watch strangers in a video than talk openly with people in a social setting. I especially appreciated hearing their thoughts about doing things differently. When is the right time to have kids? I ask this to myself every day. People usually just say there’s never a right time. But that’s EXACTLY the problem. I’d love to see more stuff on this. Please!

                    • At 2011.08.06 21:03, Maria said:

                      Miss J there is more to come. I think the interviewees were fantastic, especially trusting me with their answers.

                      When is the right time to have a baby? I’ll just put that out there to the masses 🙂

                      Love & stuff
                      Mrs M

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