Helpful Parenting Resources

Being a parent can sometimes be a tough gig! Just as we think we have a handle on where our kids are at, there is a new development to get used to and new parenting skills required. While friends can often be a great source of encouragement and help, there are many helpful parenting resources that can provide information, guidance and encouragement.

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How Do We Show Children They Are Enough?

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?”

Do kids really learn by doing?

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 doesn’t have to be perfect to be awesome

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”

What’s Your Fragrance?

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’?

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Raising a Child with a Disability

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.

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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”

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”