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Simpler Times 

Who with kids remembers “ducking” to the shops? Those simple times when you would rise from bed without being woken, maybe enjoying a quiet coffee or even a breakfast out before “ducking” into Coles without a list. Man, those were simple times. Not like now. These days – as a family of four, a Sunday morning trip to Willows and shopping with kids requires the logistics of a NASA space launch.

First thing they don’t warn you about is the stuff you need just to leave the house, let alone go shopping with kids. SO MUCH STUFF! Most of the time I feel more like a pack horse carrying supplies than I do a man. There’s the pram, nappies, wipes, food, drinks and once even a tin of cat food my one year old shoved in the baby bag. You never know when you’ll need an emergency tin of Whiskers. Most of the time our mid-sized Nissan SUV has enough stuff in it to rival a Mac semi-trailer.

Two young children sit in trolley inside supermarket with wide smiles (Cliffo's Chidlren)And then there’s the groceries. SO MANY GROCERIES. Again, my mind wanders back to simpler times before kids when I would pop into Woolies, grab a basket… and usually not even fill it. These days a trip to the shops requires two trolleys. One for the stuff (see previous paragraph) and one for the groceries. Another thing that’s become huge in itself… the groceries. Because as a family of five mouths (including Taco our adopted cat)- bulk buys have become our very best friend. Families get this. Why do they even bother making a 4 pack of toilet paper? That wouldn’t last till lunchtime.

But it’s when you get home the best part of all arrives. The cherry on the Sunday. You know where I’m going with this right. Ladies and gentleman, it’s time for everybody’s favourite job… the unpacking. I always remind myself during this chore that it could be worse. We could live up a flight of stairs. That’s glass half full thinking right there.

I just thank the Lord that Dan Murphy’s is often the last stop on our shopping adventures. After days like these, it’s the least we busy working parents deserve right? Big love to all parents. And in case you haven’t been told lately – you’re doing an awesome job. Keep it up!


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Head to Parents and Kids of North Queensland YouTube Channel to see Bree’s up close interview with Cliffo. 





  • Cliffo

    Cliffo is a 30-something father of two, and happy Hubby! He loves all things food, footy and any beer that he can add lime to. On weekends you’ll find him with the family, yelling along to an NRL game or settling into a Netflix binge. Gabi is a fun loving dog-mum to ‘Bear’ the Chihuahua and is currently in wedding planning mode! In Gabi’s spare time you’ll find her at the cinema, exploring waterfalls and recharging with a sleep in!