Being a parent is my most valued responsibility. It is not what defines me above all else.
I am going to stop striving for work life balance. It’s unattainable. It suggests that work and life are independent of each other. That age-old quote “If you have a job you love you’ll never work a day in your life,” I’m sure it was said or written by someone incredibly insightful whose name I... Continue Reading →
It's definitely time for another holiday. Early 2018, for a very brief moment, I felt some frightening emotions. I wrote about it here. The flood of texts I received in response to this post was overwhelming. Some were expressing concern, but predominantly people were expressing gratitude. They were grateful to learn that I don’t have... Continue Reading →
Cuddly and Happy
There are many and varied positive and negative effects of social media on society, connectedness, social competence, safety, the list goes on. However, group chats in Facebook messenger have, for me, undoubtedly improved all of the above. One group in particular, involving me and three of my most valued friends, is one of my greatest... Continue Reading →
I ran alone today.
I ran alone today. It’s a big deal. I have always had a fear of being kidnapped, thrown in a van, raped and murdered. I have never said that publicly, but I don't hide it and many people know it. Some think it is rational, some think it’s understandable but unhealthy, and some think it’s... Continue Reading →
Break the Tension
Late afternoon and into the evening is a pretty high energy time of day in our house. Afternoon tea is quite the undertaking, dinner needs to be prepared and eaten, children need to be bathed, homework needs to be completed, kids need to be taken to training, and we parents also play sport through the week. It’s a bit of a juggling act, and staying calm is not... Continue Reading →
They say baby brain is a real thing. Is toddler brain, or teenage brain a thing? I’m pretty sure I’ve had baby brain for over 15 years, it’s been that long since I first ever fell pregnant. It’s been so long that I am questioning if there is actually something more serious going on! In the beginning I... Continue Reading →
Connor McCabe: Empathy and Gratitude
Stories that tug on our heart strings are not infrequent in our social media feeds. Stories that involve sick or suffering children, when I am fortunate enough to have the luxury of four healthy sons, really hit home with me. The closer to home they are, the stronger my empathy: Local families, families who fall... Continue Reading →
Their futures are as bright as the colours they choose.
Scrolling through my feed this morning my hope was knocked down a little as I swiped up past numerous shockingly ignorant posts. Some calling to cease our refugee program because of its link to terror attacks by extremist muslims, some expressing outrage over gender neutral public toilets or school uniforms, some slamming anyone in support... Continue Reading →
ADEA – Toddler Management Tips
Recently it was brought to my attention that very young children cannot differentiate between when someone labels their behaviour and when someone labels their person. It sounds so simple, I can’t believe I hadn’t realised that before. Having this information brought to my attention led me to reflect, as I do, and I remembered a... Continue Reading →
Life is exhausting. Life as a parent is next level. It doesn’t matter which version of the parenting role you play. Arriving home after a long day at work, you just want to sit down and switch off, but instead you’re faced with the kids during witching hour. That’s exhausting. Educating, playing with, and caring... Continue Reading →