Free to be grateful

As I stared out of my kitchen window, I saw the bottle brush plant that was planted 6 years ago. The change in this plant is remarkable. You see, there was a neighbour’s tree that used to overhang the fence, causing the bottle brush to be in shade. The bottle brush survived but didn’t thrive- it didn’t see enough sun. Continue reading “Free to be grateful”

Preparing your pre-schooler for school

As an Occupational Therapist who worked in paediatrics before having kids, I knew that I had this!

As my first daughter moved out of babyhood and into the toddler years, I worked hard to fill her days with all the right activities to promote her development and get her ready for school. We painted, played with playdough, used scissors, read countless books, explored nature and talked about letters, numbers and colours daily. Continue reading “Preparing your pre-schooler for school”

Building Resilience in our Children

Believe it or not, our children are resilient. We don’t need to teach them to be resilient. Instead, we need to build their resilience.  It is like a muscle that needs to be used and exercised to become stronger and better.

So – how do we do this? How do we build our children’s resilience? Continue reading “Building Resilience in our Children”

Telling yourself the truth

“Mum, she said I’m ugly.” “Well is that the truth?” “No!” “Then push it away and don’t listen to it”

My kids often come to me to let me know that one of their siblings has said something mean. And while I will certainly deal with the offender, my first response is always “Well, is it the truth?” Continue reading “Telling yourself the truth”

Facing my darkest season – what an extremely premature birth taught me about love and motherhood

I’ve always been an extremely over protective mother.  The type who conducts a silent risk assessment for all the activities my children do and has ruled out a good deal of the parks in our local area because they are deemed unsafe in one way or the other.  One of my biggest fears is that one of my precious babes will sustain a serious head injury.  The thought of this happening to one of my children has always sent shivers down my spine. Continue reading “Facing my darkest season – what an extremely premature birth taught me about love and motherhood”