Annette Spurr

About Annette Spurr

Annette Spurr runs her own business at Blue Box Media and is also the Managing Editor at Mum Daily. As a wife and mother, Annette has discovered the power of gratitude journalling.
  • social media

Managing Social Media – Parents’ Number One Challenge

Sexting, pornography, paedophiles and bullying. Too often I find these issues impact teenagers way before parents are even aware of them. That’s why I like to see parents educated and proactive when it comes to keeping their kids safe online. My first key point is this – When it comes to the internet…. Don’t set rules regarding social media use WHEN there is a problem. Set rules BEFORE there is a ...

By |2023-03-27T12:27:56+10:00March 27th, 2023|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, TRAINING|0 Comments
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Who Matters Most?

My kids and I were watching a Disney movie recently. In the movie, a dad, who was coaching his child’s sport team, yelled at his son. After the coaching session, the boy asked his Dad, “Why did you yell at me but you didn’t yell at all the other kids?” His Dad yelled back in exasperation, “I don’t care about the other kids.” I was struck by the irony of this ...

By |2023-03-17T16:29:59+10:00March 20th, 2023|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Can I Ask You a Question?

No wonder I’m so tired! A UK study found that the average child asks around 300 questions a day. How on earth did our parents ever get by before Google? What made me smile was that the research revealed kids were more likely to ask their mother questions because their father was likely to say, ‘Ask your mother.’ Here are my tips for being the best ‘source of all knowledge’ you ...

By |2023-03-13T06:42:20+10:00March 13th, 2023|Children, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Who Matters Most?

My kids and I were watching a Disney movie recently. In the movie, a dad who was coaching his child’s sports team yelled at his son. After the coaching session, the boy asked his Dad, “Why did you yell at me, but you didn’t yell at all the other kids?” His Dad yelled back in exasperation,  “I don’t care about the other kids.” I was struck by the irony of this ...

By |2023-03-04T10:37:27+10:00March 6th, 2023|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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The Gift of an Ordinary Day

Silly giggles, 3 am feeds, bedtime cuddles, wiped tears and heart-to-hearts. These are the moments you’ll treasure when your little one is all grown up. I reckon that if anyone ever does invent a time machine, it’ll be a mum. After all, wouldn’t you give everything you own to have one last snuggle with your little one, while they still think you’re the most amazing person they know? Losing Time A ...

By |2023-02-26T07:48:27+10:00February 27th, 2023|Babies, Children, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Are You a Helicopter Parent?

Helicopter parents are well-meaning parents who hover over their kids. If something happens, heaven forbid, such as falling over, fighting over a toy, or getting a bad grade, helicopter parents swoop in and do everything they can to make things better. Sometimes being a helicopter parent is a good thing -- in crowds, near water, or anywhere that physical danger exists. Stunted Growth But helicopter parenting when it’s playtime, sports time, ...

By |2023-02-17T08:30:24+10:00February 20th, 2023|Children, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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A Letter To My Younger Self

Now I’m a Nonna and have raised my own children, I can relax and watch as my son parents his little girl. I think back to myself as a young mum and I wonder what words of wisdom I could share with her. The things I know now -- hmmm… I’m always learning and growing, so I guess even these words will change as I continue my life's path. However, here’s ...

By |2023-02-12T20:51:40+10:00February 13th, 2023|Babies, Children, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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At the Car Wash

On Saturday I dropped my daughter off to do a school assignment with her friends. On the way home there was a FREE car wash. That’s always music to my ears. So why on earth would people give up a beautiful Saturday morning to wash cars for other people… FOR FREE? These weren’t just ordinary people -- these were people whom many say are self-centred, insensitive and really don’t care about ...

By |2023-02-02T21:23:27+10:00February 6th, 2023|Children, FAITH, FAMILIES, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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How Reading to Your Child Affects Brain Development

One of my happiest childhood memories is snuggling in bed with mum or dad each night as they read to me. It was these moments that instilled in me a lifelong love of reading. It’s still one of my absolute favourite things to do, even though it’s a rare treat for me these days. What I didn’t realise back then was that this simple habit gave me so much more than ...

By |2023-01-28T07:44:07+10:00January 30th, 2023|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Stop Making Your Child Happy

OK, confession time… I’m not sure where, or how it started, but surprisingly, it was at a very young age. I’ve always loved kids. I’ve looked after kids and worked with kids, in both professional and voluntary capacities since I was about eleven. Spoilt Those who thought the whole world should revolve around them though, in all honesty, I wasn’t always as enthusiastic about looking after them. You know the ones; ...

By |2023-01-20T08:48:08+10:00January 23rd, 2023|Children, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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