The last two years have forced a lot of change upon most of us. Such unexpected, out-of-our-control changes can be hard to deal with. Change can be difficult for kids and adults alike. Continue reading “Change”
When I initially offered to write a blog on the topic of strong girls, the first thing that came to mind was to offer advice on how to ‘handle’ strong-willed girls. I have one of those. My eldest seems to be a perfect combination of both a strong will and stubbornness, which she gets from my husband and me (though I won’t reveal as to who possesses which, or both!).
But on further contemplation, I’ve decided to instead offer encouragement to all mothers of daughters. Because I think at the end of the day we would love for all of our daughters to grow up to be strong. Continue reading “Strong Girls”
When was the last time you paused in your day to be truly present and grateful? We can get so caught up in all the demands of taking care of kids, work and managing a household. Our lives slip past are a frightening pace. Our kids morph and grow before our eyes and we know that they will be an adult and gone all too soon. Or maybe it is just me that forgets to be present? Continue reading “Pausing to be present”
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”
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”
Motherhood seems to magnify all those insecurities and issues that lie buried within. They seem to be easier to mask when you aren’t responsible for this little person and facing the stressors that come with that. Add to that the deep desire not to pass on issues to my daughter. Then add the responsibility of teaching this child how to deal with her emotions and function as a whole human being. I am grateful for the incentive to do the deep work in myself that will in turn benefit her. Continue reading “Deep work to address unhealthy drivers”
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.
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.