Seasons of motherhood

There are joys, frustrations and concerns throughout the different seasons of motherhood. From being a clueless first time mum with a newborn to a mum with a toddler & a baby to raising school aged children, teenagers and young adults. There are joys and challenges that come with each stage. Though as our children and families grow, we mums grow as well. When you’re struggling to deal with one young child and you realise you are pregnant, you may think ‘How am I going to cope’? But the second child comes along and you cope because you grow and adapt to meet the challenges of this new season. Continue reading “Seasons of motherhood”

Marriage and Romance

In the chaos and logistics of raising a young family, it can be easy to get lost in the never ending to-do list (like feeds, laundry, nappies, and cleaning). We can easily forget to keep the romance alive in our marriage. It’s Valentine’s Day, so why not take a look at our round-up of posts on marriage and romance. Continue reading “Marriage and Romance”

A call to be ‘All For Love’ for 2022

It’s the end of a long year. It has been filled with ongoing uncertainty, huge challenges, opportunities for creativity and a reminder of the importance of connection with each other. The 2021 MOPS theme ‘Decide to Rise’ was the invitation we gave to MOPS groups- to ‘be strong’, ‘do your work’ and ‘chase joy’. Now, for 2022, we put out the call to be ‘All For Love’. Continue reading “A call to be ‘All For Love’ for 2022”

Family traditions

“I love blowflies”….said no one ever! But that’s what my 19 year old daughter declared to me in early December last year. What blowflies had to offer I just couldn’t fathom! But she proceeded to tell me in one long sentence without even a breath how they remind her of family traditions; “I love blowflies because it’s warm and it means it’s nearly Christmas and that’s when we make gingerbread together and play Christmas music and have our Christmas Eve BBQ and we’re together and it’s just awesome!”. Continue reading “Family traditions”

Summer School Holidays

Term 4 is almost done. The countdown to Christmas is on. So we all know what that means; summer school holidays!! Six weeks of not making lunches, no school/kindergarten drop offs, and if you’re lucky, the odd sleep in. And whilst all these are great, entertaining little ones who are used to the planned activities of kindergarten, playgroups or MOPS can take it out of us. So here is our roundup of articles to inspire and encourage you these summer holidays. Continue reading “Summer School Holidays”

Chase joy this Christmas

It’s been such a year, hasn’t it?! So much has been happening. For some, there have been restrictions, masks, separation from friends and family, home learning, travel limits and a longing for “normal”. For others, there has been uncertainty, family challenges, health concerns or conflict. These concerns have dominated our hearts and minds this year. And as we begin to prepare for Christmas, maybe you just don’t feel the usual level of excitement or energy. If that’s you too, let’s look at how we can chase joy this Christmas. Continue reading “Chase joy this Christmas”

Conflict with kids

Your brain is an amazing thing. And your child’s brain is an amazing thing. But they are not the same amazing thing. Your child’s brain is different from your adult brain. When we fail to take account of these differences, we can make things harder on ourselves, especially in times of conflict with kids. Continue reading “Conflict with kids”

Friends like family

We know that it “takes a village to raise a child” but sometimes we find ourselves without a village, particularly if we have family who live far away. Covid-19 has certainly made this even truer, with many people isolated from their families due to travel restrictions. Never has it been more important to have friends like family.  Continue reading “Friends like family”

Greener gift giving

The Christmas season is fast approaching.  It’s a time where we love to show people we care and/or show our gratitude with a special little something. It’s also a time where I am sure landfill contributions increase significantly. So much food, wrapping paper and well-meaning gifts end up in the trash! If this concerns you, perhaps we can look together at some greener gift giving ideas.  Continue reading “Greener gift giving”

How do you cope with curveballs?

I write this as Melbourne, my home city, comes out of lockdown. It’s been the longest COVID lockdown that any city in the world has had to live through. It’s been hard and at times overwhelming. But now people have been having haircuts and beauty treatments as well as hanging out in restaurants since midnight. ‘Freedom Friday’ was likened to New Year’s Eve by local morning radio presenters. I, on the other hand, ironically, am still in lockdown. Life throws us curveballs, and the pandemic is but one of this generation’s curveballs. How do you cope with curveballs? Continue reading “How do you cope with curveballs?”