How to be Dad, When I’m Hardly There

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Guest post by my husband, Matthew   I work…a lot, not out of choice, but necessity. I do love my job, it is mentally challenging, professionally satisfying, and it pays the bills. My wife and 4 children: they have sacrificed much for this career, my career, but not so much as this year. Work this year […]

I wanted to be a Kylie

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When I was 12 years old, I wished my name was Kylie instead of Kelly. It was 1991. I was in the midst of hyper coloured T-shirts, culotte shorts and Kylie Minogue.  I didn’t idolise Kylie Minogue personally, but there was a hype about her which made me think the name far cooler than plain […]

Could your friend have postnatal depression?

Could your friend have postnatal depression?

This is a guest post by my friend Louisa from Brand Meets Blog about a very important topic. I remember sitting on my bed with my new baby, cradling her in my arms and looking down with adoration at her perfect little face, her perfect little hands, her perfect little body. The connection I felt […]

Dear Tired Mother

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If I could send a letter to myself in the early days of parenting, when the days seemed slow with four young kids under 6 years of age, this is I would say:  More Posts A New Parenting Era Sacrifices I see a bend in the road Don’t Be The Mum You’re Not

Meet My Companion, Anxiety

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NOTE: If you suffer from anxiety, I’m sharing this post for you my friends. But I also know that sometimes these sorts of stories can cause anxiety too, so I’m acknowledging that at the outset. It was a lovely day; I felt tired but in good spirits. Not only did I feel happy, but I […]

When I’m Criticised as Parent

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I said to someone recently, “Parenting is one of those things I desperately want to be good at, but just can’t, no matter how hard I try.” Do you ever feel that way? But what does being a good parent mean?   Feeding Nurturing Providing Loving Teaching Encouraging Refining Edifying Inspiring What other ing words […]

Getting the washing done…

Washing Pile

Got home from holidays (which was wonderful) with dirty washing and hand-me-down clothes from my sister. Then one of my daughters had a camp. And then she came home, and all of a sudden my washing pile became a monster mountain.  I decided to put it all on the kitchen table to FORCE myself to LOOK […]

Connecting With My Teen (Through Books)

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In moments of waiting, you’ll often find me with a book.  This is a recent thing. I like it. I love reading novels, but over the past…8 years or so…I haven’t made time for it.  There are three main reasons for this: it’s rare to have long chunks of quiet moments to digest a good book […]

Truth. Ha.

Nothing is lost. Until your mother can't find it.

A small act of kindness is like a soft breeze

a small act of kindness is like a soft breeze on a hot day

This is a section of a diary entry I posted to Facebook a few months ago. This year has been full on for me and I’ve had to be intentional about looking for joy. Some days more than others.  I’m posting this little snippet of time here because I like to look back: to read, […]

Domestic Disasters

Domestic Disasters

Just in case you were wondering what happens when you use regular dishwashing liquid in the dishwasher: This.   This is just one example of my many domestic disasters. Yeah, won’t be doing that again when I run out of tablets. What WAS I thinking?! Not my brightest moment. I’ve burnt tea towels, mistook cornflour for icing […]

The Robot, The Superhero & The Person

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I had an enlightening conversation with my eldest child. It gave me a small insight into the parent/child relationship through the different stages. I’ve talked about parenting stages before, because it’s important for me to know where I’m at in the journey so I can adjust my expectations accordingly. It was a Friday night and […]

I Don’t Think the School Holidays Went Well…

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In the main, I enjoy the school holidays with the kids, but I’m relieved school is back. The holidays didn’t go as I planned.  I like to organise a lot of day trips and outings; I like to make the time intentional, even if we don’t go away for a proper family holiday. Now that […]

Disney and Pixar are Raising my Kids!

Pixar Alphabet by Mike Boon

Guest Post by Occupational Therapist, Nicole Grant Disney and Pixar are raising my kids, and I’m OK with that. My two children are pretty big fans of animated movies. Like most 5 and 6 year olds, they’ve more recently been waving their arms dramatically in the air, conjuring castles and sun-loving snowmen. There’s been a […]