Phobia

This is a story that I posted on an old blog of mine that has since been shut down. I remembered this moment today and thought you would appreciate an extra smile, or an additional chance to laugh today. I will warn you though. This parenting story is about poo. It is not one of those... Continue Reading →

A Girl and a Baby

Teenager – noun A person aged between 13 and 19 years. Synonyms: adolescent, youth, young person, minor, juvenile. Mother – noun A woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth. Synonyms: female parent, matriarch. Ninety-nine percent. It may as well be one hundred. Or so I thought before I... Continue Reading →

Nurtured

Perspective. A wonderful thing. When you have it. Lost in self-consumption. Self-consumption spent white knuckled, bracing for the next wave. Maintain balance; avoid capsize. Life is not about staying dry. Clean and dry leaves endless facets ignored. Simplicity, not empty. Step back. The boat is still. Who knows how long for; cramped hands. Intuition. Familiar... Continue Reading →

Strength in Fragility

My Dear Friend,  You called today and I am so grateful I was able to answer as too often I’m not.  When I got to your door I saw a strong woman. A woman with a fighting spirit and a fierce ambition to be the master of all trades. I saw a woman I admire... Continue Reading →

People Watching

People watching and behaviour analysis are two of my favourite things. I do my best not to form judgement, but at times this is difficult. I always however, look further than the surface and question if things are as they first seem. I wonder about what other factors are contributing to the behaviour I’m observing.... Continue Reading →

Vision Statement

My work in progress... To Our Children,  In this house we encourage and celebrate dancing to the rhythm of your own music; questioning even what seems certain; respecting and accepting difference; demonstrating simplicity and fairness, resilience, compassion, and of course perseverance.  Gratitude and positivity are at the forefront. Integrity is paramount.  We recognise our untapped... Continue Reading →

Panic

Anxiety can be a silent struggle and is too often misunderstood. As a parent, regardless of whether you struggle with anxiety or not, parenting a child with anxiety is a difficult challenge. Sometimes I think struggling with anxiety complicates my decisions on how to parent a child with anxiety even though I have empathy and... Continue Reading →

What’s Best?

Let's be honest. In terms of nourishment, breast milk is best for babies. Any mammal offspring is best nourished by the milk of its mother. Second to the milk of its mother, the best nourishment is probably the milk of another lactating mammal of the same species. In saying that, it's important to consider the... Continue Reading →

Stereotypes are Limiting

Stereotypes are an inescapable fact of life. They are going to exist because (at least I think) it’s in human nature to over simplify things so that they fit into a neat little box or category. Most stereotypes, if not all, are somewhat damaging. Each time I have a child I am again overwhelmed with... Continue Reading →

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