Raising boys

Raising boys! A topic I’m passionate about, especially as I have three sons! But also, as my husband recently said, a topic we’re still learning about, as we now navigate the teenage years. If you don’t have sons yourself – please read on, so you can better support your friends who do have sons – who may end up being your daughter’s husband one day!! Continue reading “Raising boys”

Separation guilt

As I write this, I’m watching someone else’s children jump into a pool and I’m suddenly conscious of the fact my kids are nowhere in sight. In fact, my kids are nowhere near me – they are a few thousand kilometres away at their grandmother’s house. We are now in that wonderful stage of parenting where my husband and I are able to leave them for a few days. Continue reading “Separation guilt”

Who are you? Step into the light and see yourself clearly

“Have you ever thought about how strange it is that the only person we are with every moment of every day can still mystify us? We cannot escape from ourselves and yet our actions and thoughts can still confuse us. Continue reading “Who are you? Step into the light and see yourself clearly”

Love Languages of Children

On Mother’s Day when my daughter was in preschool and not quite 5 years old, she gave me so, so many presents. The majority of them were handmade and included lots of bits of papers with things that she’d drawn or made for me. As she gave me these gifts, she used the words “I’m giving you all these presents because I love you so much!” My daughter’s love language is gifts. If we had people coming over, she would often make something for everyone coming, to show how much she cared. Continue reading “Love Languages of Children”

Surrender daringly to the notion of messy play

What comes to mind when you hear ‘messy play’? Sick in your stomach? Excited? Indifferent? There is always a range of responses whenever I speak on this topic in MOPS groups. In the day-to-day activities that come with parenthood, messy play may be a blip on your radar that you haven’t even considered before. Continue reading “Surrender daringly to the notion of messy play”