It is a very personal process of baby steps, of becoming and approaching rather than 'achieving' a level of some kind. Every day we do a little bit more 'work in the garden' of our selves and our families and hopefully over time we slowly and lovingly and gently have more positive impacts. There is no shortcut, or simple answer, just a continuing conscious intention.
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)
I'm going to tell you the truth, again. We mums are only winging-it most of the time, and it's an absolute bloody rollercoaster. There are however some very simple ways to bring in a bit more joy and help minimise the relentless grind of daily family life. Yesterday morning, I awoke to the sound of … Continue reading Just Remember to Breathe
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.
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
This is what we’ve been doing round at our place this past 7 weeks… watching the baby. That’s about all we do. Sometimes we’ll squeeze in some time to eat, shower and sleep but mainly we are just watching the baby. She’s so beautiful, we say. She’s so divine, we say. And she is. That’s … Continue reading
by guest contributor Dr Shafali Tsabary Want to know how to build connection with your kids? Let me give you an example from this morning… My daughter was - unconsciously - rude this morning. Grumpy, irritable and…rude. My instinct? To do all the “correcting” in the world. Oh, and I felt justified…completely. But what good … Continue reading