Encouraging New Dads

At MOPS we are all about mums! But we are also about supporting families, and we acknowledge fathers’ important role in their children’s lives. We have just celebrated Father’s Day and, for some people, it can be a day full of mixed feelings. Grieving a father they have lost, or the fact they never had a good father figure can make the day a hard one. It’s tough, as fathers have such an important role in our lives. That’s why we must be encouraging new dads to be the best they can be.

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Legacy of love

When I die, there will be no monument erected in my honour. There will be no State funeral or a big news story to tell of my passing. And I am okay with this. I am okay with this because I desire to leave a legacy of love in my sphere of influence, no matter how small it may be. Continue reading “Legacy of love”

Perfection is my undoing

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”

Motherhood Triage

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”

A baby’s cry

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.

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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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