The shopping centres are just quietly starting to decorate windows and a Christmas tune or two on the playlist. Television advertising has already begun to help us decide the best gadget we ‘need’ this year. And then there’s the guessing game of if we’ll even be able to travel to see family this year. I’m not ready for the year to end yet – still so much to do!! The anxiety has already launched itself into conversations with those we are closest to. Sometimes I have to wonder why celebrate Christmas at all? Continue reading “Why celebrate Christmas?”
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”
In a previous blog, I wrote about how asking myself the question, “What am I afraid of?” can be useful to diffuse feelings of anger. This was the beginning of my journey to discover the value of asking myself questions in a range of emotionally challenging situations. Continue reading “The value of asking myself questions”
In the busyness of life, I often forgot to seek joy in the mundane and everyday moments of life. When my youngest comes into our room at about 5am, requesting a cuddle I obligingly pulled back the covers. I lay there with a snuggling one beside me, thinking (worrying) about what was going to happen in the minutes and hours to come. Continue reading “Seek joy”
Sometimes a random comment will float through the air and land in just the right place to make a difference! One day I heard this comment: “Someone might seem like they’re angry, but actually they are afraid. It can help to ask them what they are afraid of.” The woman was talking about children with anger management issues, and how to help them identify their emotions and direct them appropriately. However, it came right onto the radar of a person who was feeling angry right in that moment – me. Continue reading “What emotion is this anger really hiding?”
A beauty routine can seem like a fantasy idea for many busy Mums. Before I was a mum, my beauty routine was fairly high maintenance. I enjoyed playing with eye-shadow and lipstick colours, learning how to get that perfect winged eyeliner. Contouring was new and fun; suddenly I was a magician who could make my nose all but vanish and my cheekbones magically appear.
We have come to the end of another MOPS year, and what a year it has been! It can be easy to pull back from life in the midst of the turmoil, loss and uncertainty that seemed to fill this year. The lessons of this year’s theme ‘To The Full’ were needed more than ever. Continue reading “Let’s ‘Decide to Rise’ for 2021”
I’ve come to realise that there is a certain type of tiredness that overtakes us as we near the end of the year. I’ve decided to name this season of tiredness ‘Term 4 fatigue’. Continue reading “‘Tis the season of tiredness.”
Summer is upon us here in Australia! Which, if you have school-aged children, means the summer holidays are almost here. Read on to to find out how to have a great summer holiday and enjoy the extra time with your kids. Continue reading “The ultimate guide to a great summer holiday”
Ever felt your body was so full you thought it would pop? Has your head ever had so many thoughts you felt dizzy? Has your heart ever been so broken you thought it would never beat again? The experiences of seasons of pressure.
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, keep reading. Continue reading “How do you “mum” during seasons of pressure?”