Aiming for perfection has become my undoing! How often have you found yourself thinking ‘once everything is in place then I’ll be ready to enjoy this moment’? Once I have finished the to-do list, sorted the washing, or made the beds! The lists are never-ending I know! Why do we set such high expectations on ourselves before we can really be present in each moment? Continue reading “Perfection is my undoing”
When I was a mother of preschoolers, my own mum gave me wonderful advice on ‘how to do it all’. The short answer is – you can’t! Some people will tell you whilst the baby is asleep to clean the house – it’s so quiet and peaceful. Others will say, no, that’s the time to have a sleep yourself! Then there are the debates on sleeping (co-sleeping or separate? Crying or soothing?), feeding (bottle or breast? Pureed food or baby-led?), toilet training (from birth? When they ask?) and a myriad of other choices that can loom large in a mother’s mind. Continue reading “Motherhood Triage”
When I was pregnant with my first child, I spent hours reading books on pregnancy and about the first year of a baby’s life. I wanted to ensure that I knew how to get everything ‘right’. I even read books about parenting boys and girls into their teenage years, to make sure that I didn’t miss anything important along the way. However, it only took a very short time for me to face the reality that parenting, and life with children in general, is imperfect. It is wonderful but also messy, chaotic, unpredictable and rich with learning opportunities (aka mistakes). Continue reading “Imperfect”
Being a mother has taught me things I never knew. Not just that there is a “right way” of cutting a toddler’s sandwich, or how to wash cloth nappies, but about myself and my strengths and weaknesses as an individual. Continue reading “Being a mother has taught me…”
I wonder what you think when I say ‘crying babies’. Do you get annoyed at the sound? Do you cringe when it’s your baby. A baby’s first cry is the best sound to hear when a child is born. But I think it stops being the best sound pretty quickly! A new mother can quickly become frustrated by cries, especially when she can’t meet the needs, or she doesn’t know the cause.
With school holidays once upon us again, chances are you will have to take all your little ones grocery shopping with you (if you didn’t already). So now is a good time to revisit tips for grocery shopping with kids in tow. Continue reading “Tips for grocery shopping with kids”
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.
Winter can be a hard season to keep little ones entertained with so many rainy days and indoor time. Here are a few winter play ideas to entertain your toddler. Continue reading “Winter play ideas”
Reading to your children can be a lovely bonding experience, and has so many positive benefits for their development. There is a saying that goes, ‘there’s no app to replace a parent’s lap’. Continue reading “Reading to children”
One thing I have learnt through the journey of motherhood is that things don’t always go to plan. Continue reading “When things don’t go to plan”