We all want to trust our children, but what do we do when they lie? Continue reading “Raising Truthful Kids”
About a month ago as I stepped boldly off the deck of our house and I landed on the edge of a concrete block that was hidden by long grass. My foot twisted under me and I was suddenly lying on the cold grass in pain. Continue reading “Comfort To Pass On”
What do you think when you hear the word “leader”? I confess to being quite resistant – I have always struggled being called a leader. It wasn’t until I was on the MOPS National Management Team that I realised I may be in denial about being a leader. But if I’m honest? I STILL struggle with the label “leader”. In fact, most women I know struggle with it. Don’t believe me? Invite someone to join a “leadership” team, and watch the look of fear in their eyes and the glances for a way of retreat! Continue reading “Me? A Leader? I Don’t Think so ….”
A lot of couples have a “good cop, bad cop” approach to parenting and it’s often dad who plays the “good cop” role.
The trouble with playing good cop, bad cop when it comes to raising kids is that it puts one parent on the spot. They always end up being the bad guy. That’s not fair to the kids — or to the other spouse. Continue reading “Good Cop, Bad Cop”
It had been one of those weeks.
I forgot to send my children’s homework back. I had shouted at my highly emotional daughter. I realised that I was stressing my already anxious 5-year old out before he went to school, and hadn’t hugged my 12 year old in a week. We had take-away three times in four days, since I couldn’t get myself together in the kitchen. And I have a special needs family that need stability and calm- I need to tell you, I have the stability and calm of tumbleweed.
Sometimes the best thing you can do for your kids is to care for your spouse.
Probably the hand that rocks the cradle is also the hand with strong wrists. Not to mention biceps – and let’s face it mums, we do a lot of weight lifting. Maybe it’s all about strength. Maybe that’s why we rule the world. Sheer muscles equals leadership.
It’s not possible. Sorry.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk damage control.
You will need stickers. You will need chocolate. And it helps to have something to reward your child with too. Continue reading “How to Toilet Train Your Child Without Losing Your Mind”
It is very common to hear nowadays “Oh, I’ve always wanted to (insert adventure or place)” or “That’s on my bucket list” but it is becoming more rare to hear someone fulfil that wish or check mark that bucket list adventure. My husband and I decided we didn’t want to be those people. Continue reading “Being Brave – and visiting Australia!”
Some people see the glass as half empty; others see it as half full. Well, kids are no different. Continue reading ““Glass Half Empty” Kids”