My one word for this year is ‘enough’. As I was writing the post about my one word for the year, I pondered how it’s a great word for children as well. Children need to know that they are enough, just as they are. That nothing they can do, or not do, could make you love them any more or any less than you love them already. We need to show children they are enough just as they are. Continue reading “How Do We Show Children They Are Enough?”
I parented in an era when letting kids ‘learn by doing’ ruled. When I measure my parenting by this mantra, I failed. I had one child, and she liked doing things with me. She liked me to show her how to do things, so I did. Continue reading “Do kids really learn by doing?”
Life presents us with challenge after challenge. Some days I feel strong and resilient in the face of these challenges. Other days knock me down. I’m guessing you have experienced the same. The draw is to give up, stay in a negative mindset and play the victim. I am working on a shift in my language. I recognise that growth opportunities are embedded in every challenge in life. Problem or opportunity for growth. Which holds more hope? Continue reading “Problem or opportunity for growth?”
It’s no secret that at MOPS we love mums! This Mothers’ Day let’s celebrate the awesome mums and mother figures in your circle. Continue reading “Mothers’ Day”
ANZAC stands for Australian New Zealand Army Corp. On the 25th of April 1915, soldiers from Australia and New Zealand formed part of the WWI allied expedition attempting to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. They thereafter became known as the Anzacs. Continue reading “Anzac Day”
We often go through different seasons as we grow and get older. Along with those seasons comes surviving the tough stuff of love. This can be hard when for some of us we are doing just that, surviving. Continue reading “Surviving the tough stuff of love”
Many years ago, when I was working on an Easter talk early one morning, my son woke up and came down to see me. He was obviously reading some of my talk and asking me about it. I must have written something about the hollow Easter eggs being just like Jesus’ empty tomb. He said he liked the ‘hollow eggs that were full of God’s love!’.
Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be awesome. It’s one saying that I’ve come across and love. Sometimes, in the imperfect moments of motherhood, there is still so much fun and joy to be found. Continue reading “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be awesome”
When it comes to perfume I’m a floral girl, and for many years ‘Paris’ by Yves St Laurent or ‘Beautiful’ by Estee Lauder have been my go to fragrances. I didn’t realise how significant fragrance was until I smelled ‘Devon Violets’ one day and was instantly drawn to memories of my late grandmother. When one of my daughters was away from home for a while, she took with her something she had sprayed with my fragrance to give her comfort during the separation. To her, my fragrance meant warmth and love. What’s your ‘fragrance’?
Firstly, I want to acknowledge that this is my own personal reflection and experience of raising a child with a disability. I know that this experience is as different for everyone, as our children’s abilities and challenges are different.