I remember my first year of teaching well. I was a country girl, recently married and had just moved to the big city. The school I was sent to was an inner city primary school and the street on which it was located was notorious for prostitution and drug dealing!
(It would have been nice to know that before I stopped off at a café for coffee and later learnt, with great hilarity from my colleagues, that the particular place I had chosen was known to have the worst reputation for drug trafficking in the area!) Continue reading “The Power of Noticing Goodness”
Here is a universal truth – no matter how good my eyesight is, I can’t see what another person sees. According to psychologists, one of the fundamental stages in theory of mind is to recognise that different people think different things. And that other people want different things. (My youngest child isn’t there yet, he still assumes I want to talk Minecraft strategies by the hour.) Continue reading “Through my Children’s Eyes”
Ok, so I think we both know that Mother’s Day, is gonna bring allll the feels.
Whether its the grief of much-loved children and Mothers lost to the grave, the despair of the dream of motherhood being crushed with just one sentence from a Specialist, perhaps heartache from the adult-child whose Mothers’ ‘best efforts’ were more damaging than good… Continue reading “Mother’s Day”
“I’ve lost ‘me’,” said a lady at MOPS a few weeks ago. “I don’t know who I am anymore.” Her voice dropped as though she hardly thought her comment worth hearing, but every other mum in earshot turned as one to look at her and said, “I know what you mean.” Continue reading “I’ve lost me”
If you’re living life at the speed of light, don’t think your family isn’t suffering.
Family time is a sacred thing — especially if you want your kids to have good memories of their childhood. Continue reading “Making Family Time Sacred”
This week we interview two mothers who attend a MOPS group in Canberra. Ruth is a mother of three and has been coming to MOPS for a few years. Brooke is a mother of one and another-on-the-way, and has also been coming three years.
Continue reading “The MOPS Vox Pop”
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.
Continue reading “A Grandparent’s Role”
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’.
Continue reading “The tip of the iceberg (lettuce)”