The ‘Mum Lecture’: What every kid hates to hear but needs to have.

To my observing children, I was my usual self; physically a little weary but fairly happy and chatty. What was unobserved to them, was the business inside my head. The conversation cogs that turned slowly, mulling over a particular issue I had with one of them. There was a talk I knew I needed to…

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Term time troubles: 3 reasons why I dread the return to school.

Kids returning to school is great. It gets them out of the house and back into routine. There are friends to see, interesting things to learn and lots to do! However, term time is intense. 10 weeks of school commitments and the pressure points of time management and social interactions can leave you aching for…

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“It’s back to school time.” 3 reasons why I love this statement.

Holidays are great. It’s important to have time to unwind and rest. To make happy memories and to nurture relationships through recreation and play. There is pleasure and freedom in having no time pressure; things to do and places to be. To step off the treadmill of school term and cruise at your own pace.…

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What are you grateful for?

It’s 11 days to Christmas, which for most mothers, means you’re completely immersed in the festive commitments. When I’m fully immersed I find it hard to pause from the business, however in my rare moments of quiet, I can’t help but think back on the year that has been. As children finish their schooling year,…

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Bringing Christmas into focus: Mindfully celebrate the birth of Jesus.

I’ve been learning a new skill of late: the skill of practicing mindfulness. It’s a skill that helps to focus a mind that is overly busy and distracted. For someone like myself, someone who thinks about a million things at once, (often ruminating about worries and fears or mentally trying to solve all of life’s…

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Do you love yourself?

To quote Oscar Wilde’s most excellent character Lord Goring, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance” is to unashamedly declare a wholehearted enjoyment of oneself. But is it okay to do so?  In a moment of self indulgent adulation, Lord Goring the epitome of vanity, takes great pleasure in stating how wonderful…

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Are you burdened by what you should be doing? Maybe it’s time to change your thinking.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I should be… slimmer, smarter, more easy-going, relaxed and happy, or productive?” If you have, how has it made you feel when you don’t meet your expectations? Do you believe your children should be… obedient, honest, healthy, athletic, clever, progressing? How has it made you feel when they are…

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Confession: I am not the greatest model when it comes to driving!

I was running late…again. I could feel the stress rising inside of me. The internal acceleration of adrenalin was great; the temptation to just put my foot on the accelerator felt greater still. My shoulders rose to my ears and I was clutching the steering wheel, intent on getting to my destination as quickly as…

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The value of advice: arming yourself with knowledge.

When I was a new Mum staring out on the daunting journey of parenthood, I hungrily devoured any parenting books that were recommended by people who I respected. I was a novice in need of advice. From toilet training to tantrums; fussy eaters to shaping a strong-will; there was literature in abundance that promoted commonsense…

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Can you know happiness in hard times?

If you were asked to describe what happiness feels like to you, how would you describe it? Is it that wonderful moment of heightened joy when everything you’re experiencing is exciting and good; when your step is light and your buoyant mood moves you to dance or sing? Or is it a more settled, peaceful…

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