Remembering the Woman Within the Mum (Letting the Wildness Return)

I'm writing to you from the comfort of our cosy living room, just after the kids have all gone to bed. It's properly cold outside as winter's death throes remind us that spring is coming, but certainly not here yet. The flu is slowly passing after weeks of intense sickness: chest-tickling, night-interrupting, energy-sapping bastard that … Continue reading Remembering the Woman Within the Mum (Letting the Wildness Return)

When Even the Greatest Love Isn’t Enough

We lost a friend this week.  She was a very talented artist, and mother, who struggled with mental illness. Despite the absolute best efforts of health professionals, her friends and family she was not able to survive her illness. And she fought hard.

The Not-So-Subtle Art of Giving a F*ck

Being a fan of peace-of-mind I prefer to get along with the world. Call me lazy, I just think its easier that way. It came to pass, however, that in the week gone by I managed to really piss somebody off. It's not the first time, but I have learned over the years that although … Continue reading The Not-So-Subtle Art of Giving a F*ck

The Parent Pay-Off

It is evening at our house. Two out of three kids are sleeping, maybe not for very long in the case of the 7-month-old, but still, this is one of those peaceful moments in an otherwise relatively chaotic phase of our family’s evolution. Mr 14 tells us the piano piece he has been teaching himself … Continue reading The Parent Pay-Off

Valentines Veritas

On the first Valentine's Day after the birth of our third child. This is what I wrote for my husband. It's about families, and birthing and came straight from the heart. You’re kneeling facing me on the floor, And I’m kneeling facing you on the couch. My white-knuckle grip squeezing your shoulders So hard you could … Continue reading Valentines Veritas

Resilience, And How To Build It

…especially with your children This article was inspired by a post on Bath Mums, a local mum’s forum in our home city of Bath in England. A mother was bearing her soul and expressing her lack of resources to help her young daughter with high sensitivity and coping at school. The little girl was having real … Continue reading Resilience, And How To Build It