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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“Well done you!”

I love the British phrase “Well done you!”. Whenever a friend said it to me, it felt like someone had given me a gentle pat on the back; a thumbs-up; an encouragement that I’d done a good job. Nothing flashy, no fanfare; just a simple acknowledgement that they’d noticed my effort. It brings a smile…

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Don’t be surprised…be patient.

“Are you kidding me! How many times do we have to have this conversation? I thought I made it very clear when I said… I can’t believe we are still having this problem!” Does this sound like a conversation you have on a semi-regular basis with your kids? The utter frustration of having to revisit…

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The comparison trap.

If you’re anything like me, the tendency to compare your children to others is a trap hard to avoid; whether it be a comparison with siblings, of other children their age, or of yourself at the same age. With every stage of childhood development, there is the temptation to look sideways at what others are…

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Defeat is not an Option

It started with some fabric. The idea being, that instead of buying a ready-made tablecloth, I would instead purchase some gorgeous fabric at a nice price, and then have the pleasure of sewing it up myself. I would never claim to be skilled at sewing, but I once sewed a pair of pyjama shorts, so…

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Lose the Guilt: Positive ways to approach Technology

Is ‘Screen-time’ a big issue in your house? Does it seem like your kids are always plugging in or zoning out? Do you feel guilty that you have allowed them so much time and don’t know how to curb this increasing activity? A new way of thinking may help. Our children are born into a…

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London, a place for kids

When my husband and I began planning to travel and work overseas with our four kids, London was not my first choice of destination. When I thought of London, I thought of a mega city steeped in history, iconic landmarks at every corner, crowds and bad weather; certainly not a place for a young family.…

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