2015 was a year of many developments for our family, the biggest of which was falling pregnant. As I looked ahead to this year – the year our third child will join the family – some distinct phrases came to mind. Phrases like “survival mode” and “complete write-off” and “barely coping”. There are many wonderful things about newborn babies, but I know from experience that the first several months are a hard slog. Continue reading “Flourishing with a Newborn in the House”
They say that the average four year old asks 1000 questions a day. As a parent of three, I have no problem with these statistics. My eldest ASD child cheerfully refers to himself as a questioner.
He’s not wrong. Continue reading “The house that the man built”
Grandparents make great babysitters. But that’s not the only role they serve.
Why is it so hard to say sorry to the people who matter the most? Like hubby, like children, like mum or mother in law? Why is it even harder to ask for their forgiveness!
The first time someone asked me for forgiveness, I was struck by their humbleness, their honesty, their genuineness. It wasn’t like accidentally bumping someone in the supermarket and saying, “Oh sorry!”, or forgetting an extra nappy at childcare and covering it up with a ‘sorry’.
Do you ever get to the end of the week and feel like you never really stopped to have a break? Perhaps you look around your house, which seems to be in a constant state of chaos, and wonder why it doesn’t reflect your non-stop efforts? You certainly feel like you’re working all day, so what have you got to show for it?
When you look in the mirror… what do you see?
Do you say to yourself… Hmmm I can see a leader.
I suspect maybe not. Continue reading “The Girl In The Mirror”
Unfortunately this is so true especially in the early years of parenting. Life can feel like an episode of ‘Survivor’ where each day we face a major battle just to keep everyone fed, clothed, relatively safe and the house in some sort of order; and making love to the one we love most can fall way down on our ‘to do’ list. There always seems to be something else that urgently needs our attention and energy – but nothing is more important than nurturing your relationship with the man you love.
“My best friend introduced me to MOPS a little over a year ago and it has helped me in all ways. MOPS = Mothers of Preschoolers and it’s a Mothers’ group where you can come and your child gets looked after by carers while you get to sit with other mums. You can talk, have a coffee and some yummy morning tea, have a laugh or even a cry if you need to. During my relationship I lost a lot of confidence and MOPS helped me get it back and be ‘me’ again! Not just ‘mum’, I got to be Tamira again, if you know what I mean. I love it so much… It’s also helped me to become a better cook! I made it a personal goal to always make something home made when I bring morning tea, so now I can make slices and lots of home baked goodies ….”
My friends will tell you that I’m not usually stumped for words but…today I’m feeling a bit nervous. This is my first blog post in my new role as Blog Administrator for M♡PS Australia. I’m pretty sure I don’t know what I’m doing yet but, if you’ll have me, I’m happy to stay and give it my best shot.