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 →
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 →
The Only One
You’re the only one who knows the inevitable ebbs and flows. People can try I suppose, to empathise with the regular lows, or imagine the blissful love your child bestows. But you can’t transpose, In any number of photos or detailed stories you disclose, the phenomenal triumphs and agonising woes. You’re the only one who... Continue Reading →
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 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 →
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 →
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 →