My name is Claire and I am 32
My husband is 36
We have 9 beautiful children under 11 years of age!
Our house is always filled with love, joy, and laughter!
I love to sing, and so do all the children
Welcome to my blog!
Stay tuned for some exciting posts
Recently have been trying to switch all our cleaning products to more natural and safer alternatives and so I was excited when I came across @cleanedbykoh.
I have been using Koh now for almost 6 months and I love it! It’s amazing how shiny my sink looks after using it! It’s amazing!
I know this might sound cheesy but I have never been so excited about a cleaning product before as I am right now! I am blown away by how amazing it is! I never had any universal product like this ever before! it is a huge game-changer and will make a huge difference to our family life! You have to try this out because I am telling you it is so good!
My family and I love using Koh because it has no harsh chemicals or toxic fumes which means we can all work as a team and not have to worry about the product being unsafe.
We also love that it saves us time and money and works around the whole home! Thanks to Koh cleaning has now become so much fun in our busy family home.
I have a special discount code for you all that will give you $10 off your first order when you order any of the bundles on the website. The code can only be used for Australian addresses only and it can only be used once per customer. My discount code is: THISTRIBEOFMINE
Our lives are so much easier with a touch of Koh in it! “I don’t just clean! “I koh! 😎
Today is world prematurity day 2019. I’ve had a few premature babies over this years and I know how difficult and emotional it can be when you see your precious tiny baby in the NICU nursery. I find it hard to talk about but I have promised to be more open and honest with you all.
My little miracle baby Franchesca was born at 28 weeks gestation on February 15th 2011. Fran was born 11 and a half weeks early! Although this was almost 9 years ago and she is absolutely fine now, I still remember the day well.
I remember feeling ‘off ‘ the day she was born, the other kids had been unwell with gastro and I thought maybe I was coming down with it too but my stomach pains had got worse throughout the day. The pain was irregular but it was awful and unbearable. By early evening I was on my way to the hospital and I could feel things progressing. I was so scared 😭 I knew it was way too early and all I wanted was to keep my baby safe.
Within 30 mins arriving at the hospital and 2 small pushes my little miracle Franchesca was born. She was beautiful but so very tiny and under 1 kilo in weight. All I wanted to do was hold her and protect her but I couldn’t because she was being rushed up to the NICU. I have so many emotions flowing through me and I just felt so numb. To everyone’s surprise, Franchesca grew from strength to strength every day and only spent 6 weeks in the hospital. She definitely was a little warrior and still has a stubborn side to her now 9 years on.
I’m so proud of how far she has come. My other children were born at 34 and 36 weeks and have done NICU on both occasions and all have been hard. I am thankful for all the love and support we received during those difficult moments. The NICU team were incredible too.
My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been through this or are experiencing it right now. I get your pain and know what it’s like. X
About the service
In-Home Consulting is a service provided in the home that gives parents techniques and supports to help them with their child’s behaviour.
Oh, beehave work with the parents one on one to fully understand their challenges, design a plan that meets their individual needs, provide support to implement the plan and ensure they achieve the outcomes they are looking for.
They work with parents of toddlers to teens and everything in between!
An In-home consult includes:
2 x home visits
Individualised Oh Beehave Plan (tailored to the family’s personal needs)
2 weeks phone and email support
This service is Perth-based for home visits, with video conferencing options available for clients outside Perth (regional & remote areas, other states & countries)
Why Do I Need an Oh Beehave Consultant?
There is a lot of information out there about child behaviour with varied advice about what may or may not work. From well-researched websites to family, friends and the well-meaning lady down the road, to that Mum-Blogger you love to follow on Instagram. But is that what you really need to help you, in your personal situation, with your child, in your family?
Other parents can be a wealth of knowledge, but sometimes you need extra support that doesn’t sound like “this worked for me”.
The chances are, if a strategy worked for one child, in one household, in an environment and family completely different to yours… that strategy almost definitely will not work for you and your child. That’s because all kids are different and all parents are different!
There are times when you need someone who can help you understand why your child is acting the way they are, interpret all the information and advice being thrown your way, and reassure you that you’ve got this!
Sometimes we get so focused on pretending that we’ve got it all together to our friends and family, that it becomes hard to drop the facade and admit to the challenges and uncertainties we are facing, to discuss how we really feel.
Even when we do build up the courage to talk about it, well-meaning comments or advice can, unfortunately, chip away at our confidence further.
These are the times when you need someone completely independent. Someone who will listen to you without judgment or bias. Someone who won’t give you advice, but will help you work through your challenges and give you the tools and confidence to be the best parent you can be.
Having kid’s is challenging and it is OK to ask for help. Asking for help means you’re a good parent!
Who Will Be My Consultant?
Dominique Groenveld is your Oh Beehave Consultant. She will work with you and your family to identify the outcomes you want to achieve and help you put in place a plan with simple but effective techniques to make sure you accomplish the results you are looking for.
The service they provide is not like all the Mum’s you see out there who tell you what will work based on their experience with their own children. This service is based on my work with many children in many different environments and family dynamics. With me, you won’t feel like you’re being judged by someone who believes there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to parent. I honestly believe the only right way, is for you to decide how you want to parent your child. Because you know your child best!
Dominque has a wealth of knowledge about learning and behaviour management (she studied at University and achieved a Bachelor degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Degree in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Education – Majoring in School Psychology and Minoring in Health Teaching – and she was even lucky enough to have my thesis published in an International Journal!) but all fancy paperwork aside, Dominque is experienced in working with children and families and her goal is to make sure you achieve the best possible outcomes for you and your family.
What Does it Cost?
In-Home Consults are valued at $500 (video-conferencing option is valued at $400)
It’s 8 am, and the older girls wander down with a basket to the hen house, it’s time to feed the chickens and collect fresh eggs! There is laughing and giggling and they are all excited to reach down and pick up fresh warm eggs! It’s a great start to each day and they are the kinds of moments we love in our life. There is pure fresh happiness, a house full of little girls and a handsome little boy and a wonderful husband. It really is a daily adventure. Every day is a blessing
My husband Mark, 37, and, I live in a little rural town near Canberra with our nine children, yes, that’s right 9 children! Eight girls, and one boy! Their names are Georgina, Charlotte, Franchesca, Abigail, Catherine, Elizabeth, Rose, Martina, and Michael.
We have a busy, but well-managed household. Every day at our house we always fun, full of love, joy happiness and laughter! Living in a rural town is lovely, but it also has it disadvantages too. We do not have any shops and have travel 45kms to get groceries and other normal day items.
A lot of people ask me “how do you cope with a large family” or “do have a TV? Or “Your husband must be a CEO!” I always say that although life is hard it’s hard for the right reasons. A large family is a blessing a truly wonderful experience. Honestly, it’s really not that bad, we just do what we have to do and draw strength from our Christian Faith. We have hard days like anyone else, and sometimes life throws some difficult challenges our way, but I would not have it any other way! We have also been very smart, and fortunate, with our finance. We purchased our home in an affordable and up and coming area and only 45 minutes from the Capital Canberra. My husband works full-time and I stay at home looking after and homeschooling the children. Life is good!
At 1:30 pm we stop our busy day for some lunch and some garden play! The children absolutely love being in the garden with the animals! I capture these special moments on camera, as really, every day is a special day! I know that my husband and I will cherish these moments forever!
As a family of 11, 1 dog, 7 hens, 1 duck, 1 cockatiel, it is very important to shop around and find the best deals! We do our grocery shopping once a fortnight at Aldi and we set a budget of $450- $500 for our food shopping. Petrol money and bills money is kept separate, However, I do keep some extra money aside for any other extra expenses we have throughout the fortnight. We buy 48 litres of milk, 3-kilogram blocks of cheese, and 2 thickened creams. That’s a lot of dairy!REPORT THIS AD
I like to meal plan for the fortnight. I think it is very important to do this especially in a busy household like ours. We do sometimes shop at Costco, Coles and Woolworths to see what’s on special. For Sundays, we often buy really big pork and cut it in half. We cook 1 half for Sunday roast and then use the other half the following Sunday. otherwise we buy 2 chickens. We boil the left over’s and use it to make curry the following night.
If you want to save money on petrol, birthday cakes or other items I recommend going to your nearest Costco store. (if you have one) You can find some of the best deals here.
We shop around for the best insurance policies. We have an awesome deal at Saint George Bank for our vehicles (through Alliance), and home and contents insurances. We bank with service one for our mortgage and main accounts, and so far we have found them the best bank to deal with. They also are very good to bank with, if you have a larger family, they treat you fairly from our experience.
We save money by not buying too many luxuries and finding the best deals. We have seven hens and 1 duck which we free-range and get a good quantity of eggs. We also have been growing some vegetables and fruit which has been really great for us!. Another smart way to save money is by opening up a Christmas club account with your bank. Ours does not let you withdraw the money until November 1st. We try to put $150 in the account once a month. Holidays are ad hoc when we have available funds but we normally getaway for 2 weeks per year.
We are not penny pinchers, dole bludgers or anything in between. We work hard, save money and do the right thing for our family and community. We are not big spenders either. We always make it work no matter what! No one ever goes without. We are adaptable and able to adjust our budget needs if and when we need to.
When it comes to buying clothes and shoes I like to shop at places like Kmart, Target, Best & Less, Big W and even charity shops like St Vincent De’Paul. My mother in law is a hairdresser and often cuts the kids hair for me which is wonderful and a big benefit for us. Not everything has to cost money, like days out etc, why not take a picnic in the park or go to your local botanical garden? Lakes, beaches national parks and bush walks are also great ways to enjoy time with your family. Be creative with your ideas. Kids will absolutely love that!
Or the typical day is very busy but after baths, dinner and other activities we are now finished and snuggled up on the, very large, lounge together. We talk about our day, how we are all feeling and what the new day will bring. We look at our tribe with so much pride, love and joy it makes us so happy!
At 8:30 pm it’s time to be tucked into bed and get comfy with bedtime stories. My husband and I use this time to reflect on our day, discuss the future and enjoy each other’s company.
We (my husband and I) feel so incredibly blessed to have our family. We thank God for our blessings and graces. We are no different from anyone else. We are part of your community. We are Australians.
In our digital age, sharing photos of our children is a common occurrence. From birth and right through school, parents share every aspect of their life with family and friends. In fact, according to research conducted by cybersecurity company McAfee, 30% of Australian parents use social media to post a photo or video of their child at least once a week, with 12% posting at least once a day. This was despite 71% understanding that the image might end up in the wrong hands.
A 2017 University of Florida study found that “when children appear in Facebook photos, 45.2% of the posts also mention the child’s first name, and 6.2% reference the child’s date of birth”. On Instagram, it was worse: 63% of parents referenced their child’s first name in at least one photo in their stream and 27% of parents mentioned their child’s date of birth. Almost one in five shared both pieces of information.
It’s not just the parents themselves who are keen on sharing images of their child – photos are a big part of a school’s activities – from the daily photo at childcare to establishing student identity at high school, from school newsletters about students’ achievements to institutional marketing material.
As parents, we’re responsible for protecting them until they are old enough to make their own decisions about their online presence. So how can we hope to protect our children from security risks when their world is full of situations where their photo is being constantly shared?
The first step is to gain a better understanding of what correct photographic consent looks like, so you can push back if you’re asked to sign a consent form that is in any way coersive. It is becoming more common for educational institutions to issue a permission slip upon enrolment in a school or childcare centre, asking parents if it is okay for them to photograph their child. Please be aware that not all permission slips are made equal.
For example, schools should never ask parents to sign a consent form that lasts forever. Consent must always have a use-by date, because a lot can change in a short space of time. Schools should obtain fresh consent from parents and guardians regularly – once a year should be the bare minimum.
In a similar vein, push back if your child’s school attempts to ‘bundle’ consent into one form. You are not truly consenting If you’re being asked to do it all at once, or to tick one box. Instead, schools must provide the opportunity for parents to have greater choice and control over what the school can do with their child’s images.
This is because family needs and individual circumstances are constantly shifting, and a situation that was once okay may no longer be. Unless schools can consistently renew consent for specific situations, they risk exposing children to serious harm.
Always speak up if you ever feel like consent is being taken from you in a way that could be considered coercive. If your school is banning children from enrolling or entering an event unless their parents have signed an ‘all-in’ consent form, for example, then they’re not collecting true consent.
In cases like these, parents might feel pressured to sign the form, even if they have legitimate and serious reasons for not allowing their child to be photographed. Instead, schools should always make it clear that deciding not to give consent will have no bearing on your child’s experience.
Navigating the digital world will always be a complex task – for adults and children alike. But if you get image consent right you’ve fought a big part of the battle in protecting your child’s digital footprint and will help educate them to become more responsible digital citizens in the future.
About Colin Anson, CEO and co-founder of pixevety:
Colin Anson is a digital entrepreneur, and the CEO and co-founder of child image protection and photo storage solution, pixevety https://pixevety.com/
In 2012, Colin saw an opportunity to create a unique business within his area of passion, photography. He witnessed first-hand the potential risks and harm the mismanagement of photos can have on children. And he became an advocate for protecting every parent’s right to determine how their child’s photo is used, and protecting every child’s right to safety and digital privacy. After learning of the minefield of privacy laws and the daily stress for schools in managing and sharing the photos of every single student, Colin decided to do something about it. And pixevety was born.
The Calming Cards are designed to help you teach your child calming and soothing techniques. Each pack comes with a set of 10 cards with different techniques for you to try with your children. Each set costs $30. You can use my discount code; TRIBEOFMINE where you will receive $5 of your set of calming cards which is so awesome! Please note that the discount code expires on November 18th. These cards would make an awesome stocking filler for Christmas too. Not only are these cards calming, but they are also very educational too. Suitable for ages 3 and up (with parental guidance)
Calming cards can be used in a variety of contexts, including;
1.A calming corner (or calming space) in your home
2.Out and about
3.Calming activities before bed
5.Day Care Centers
Here are some of the techniques that the cards uses;
When can the cards can be used?
1.Winding down before bed
2.Out and About
6.Desk at work
I can’t wait to try these techniques with my tribe! Wish me luck 😉
I will receive a small commission on every purchase made using my discount code.
I thought I would introduce you to my tribe one by one. I hope you will enjoy reading about them all as I did writing about them. They are all so different form one another and have such amazing traits and personalities. I feel very proud of them all. I feel so blessed to have nine beautiful children. We are a full-house and we are full of love. Life is amazing.
This is my eldest daughter Georgina. She is 11 years old. Georgina is smart, caring and full of life. She is extremely good at art and crafts. She also loves Science and writing stories. Georgina loves looking after the chickens and ducks and one day wants to be a vet. I am very proud of the young lady she is becoming. 😍
This is my second eldest daughter Charlotte. She is 10 years old. Charlotte is a very kind and caring person and loves to help out her younger siblings. She always asks me if I need help with anything. Charlotte is very strong-willed and is always determined to get things done. Charlotte loves arts/crafts, dancing and singing. She told me she would like to work at an airport one day. I am very proud of her and the little lady she is blossoming Into.🤩😍
This is Franchesca. She is 8 years old. Franchesca was born at 28 weeks gestation which was absolutely terrifying. It was a very tough time for us all. But she amazed us all be growing stronger and stronger everyday and she only spent 6 weeks in the hospital NICU before coming home at 35 weeks gestation. Franchesca is strong, smart and is an avid reader and enjoys reading storybook collections. Franchesca loves to help out with her siblings. Franchesca also likes science and art. Franchesca told me she wants to be a mummy when she is older. Franchesca is my miracle girl and we are very blessed to have her. 😍😘
This is my daughter Abigail. She is 7 years old. Abigail loves to sing like me and is actually pretty good. Abigail loves music, gardening, baking and art. Abigail is acing reading all her school books. Abigail is doing her first Holy Communion in 2 weeks which she is really excited about. Abigail is not sure what she wants to be when she is older and said she is still thinking about it. Abigail is very talented and caring and I’m very proud of her and all her achievements.😘 .
This is my Daughter Catherine. She is 6 years old. Catherine has a non-identical twin sister called; ‘Elizabeth who you will meet tomorrow in the series. The twins were born 6 weeks early and had to both stay in NICU for about 6 weeks. We eventually came home but Catherine got sick and had to go back to go hospital where she spent another 2 weeks recovering and growing. Catherine has an eye condition called ‘Amblyopia’ which is another term for the ‘lazy eye’ she wears really awesome glasses but didn’t have them on for this photo because they were being fixed at Specsavers. Catherine has big blue eyes and people always tell her she looks like a Disney princess. Catherine is a bright girl and despite her eye condition is coming along really well with her reading and writing. She has always been a fighter and a go-getter. Catherine is very much a sensitive soul. She is kind and caring. Catherine loves going to the beach and swimming in the sea. Catherine’s favourite subjects are art and Geography. Catherine amazes me every day and I am so proud of her.
This is my daughter Elizabeth. She is 6 years old and she is also Catherine’s twin sister. They were both born at 34 weeks gestation and spent 6 weeks in NICU. They are non-identical twins and are very different from one another in looks and personalities but together they have a very strong and unique bond. The bond they share is so beautiful. Elizabeth is kind, caring, stubborn and cheeky but is very affectionate and loves hugging her baby brother. Elizabeth loves to sing and do arts and crafts. Elizabeth also loves going to the coffee shop for a cake and a milkshake. She also loves going to the beach. Her favourite subjects are music, English and art. I am very proud of my little ‘busy Lizzy’ 😍
This is my daughter Rose – Olivia. She is 4 years old and is turning 5 next month. Rose Rose always introduces herself as ‘wose’ which is really cute.🤗 Rose gets grumpy easily but it’s quite easy to make her laugh too. Rose is such a bright little button and already wants to do big school ‘homeschool‘ with her older siblings. She has been unofficially schooling with them for 2 years now and has learnt so much already and is eager to learn more. Rose really loves Reading eggs and Maths Online. She is a great little singer and adores bunny rabbits. Rose is always hugging her brother and showing him books. Rose is kind, caring and full of life. Her favourite subject is Art. I am very proud of my little Rosie Posey. 😍
This is my daughter Martina. She is 2 years old and is turning 3 on January 31st. Her middle name is Alice. She is growing so fast and is so full of life! She has such character and make us all laugh every day. Martina is currently growing her molars which has been painful for her. She has also been going through the terrible 2 phase 😂 Martina is currently toilet training and although it’s early days she is doing really well with it. Martina loves Peppa pig so much and takes a giant soft Peppa pig toy to bed with her every night. Martina loves to be in the water and has no fear of it at all. She loves the bath with her ducks, She also loves going in the sea, swimming pools and even in our inflatable water parks we put up in our garden throughout the summer. I think she will be a great swimmer as she gets older. When Martina is out and about she waves and says “hello” to everyone. Martina is showing a strong interest in books and colouring in books. I am very proud of my youngest daughter. Being 2 years old is hard but she is AMAZING and is growing into a very beautiful little girl. 😍
This is my son Michael. Michael is now 20 months old. His birthday falls on Valentine’s day and is also the day before his sister’s Franchesca. Michael was born at 38 weeks but had a rough start to his life with breathing issues and he spent a week in the NICU. After this minor blip, Michael grew from strength to strength. Michael is very tall and his almost the same height has his sister Martina Michael is strong and very clever for his age. He loves to play with his toy trucks and cars. Michael is very sweet-natured and is also very charming. He loves cuddles and kisses from us all. He is adored by his 8 sisters. Michael just loves life and is always smiling. He is a very happy little boy. Michael is saying new words every day but his favourite words are; ‘yesh’, ‘okay’ and ‘ickles’ as in Michael’ and 😂 Michael loves his blue soft bunny rabbit that he takes to bed with him every night. Michael loves to dance to Bob the builder when it comes on the telly. He is also a great little dancer. I’m so proud of my little Prince charming. He is such a beautiful boy and we feel so blessed to have him after having 8 beautiful girls.