The Best Parenting Advice I Ever Received

You would know that on your journey of motherhood, there’s no shortage of advice. We go looking for some and it comes from sources that we trust like recommendations from friends, health professionals or authority websites. Other advice is unsolicited and comes from a well-meaning lady in the supermarket, or family members who want to…

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Why Can’t I Get Anything Done?

First of all, I want to bust this myth that you’re not getting anything done. I’m sure you are doing plenty: feeding people, cleaning up after them, offering comfort and figuring out how to cope with this season of life. But I also understand the feeling that you are not getting anything done. One of…

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What do you want your kids to say about you?

The moment I started to think about what my children thought of me as a mum was when my son gave me his preschool Mother’s Day gift. Here’s what it said: I’m going to ignore the fact that he got my age wrong by a decade, and just note what my five-year old said what I think about…

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5 Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

We all do it – we look at another person and compare ourselves to them. Whether we are looking at their weight, their appearance, their lifestyle or their family, we are constantly judging others and measuring ourselves up against what we see. In most circumstances this is a destructive and largely unhelpful thing to practice.…

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Why it’s essential to redefine ‘success’ when you are a mum

I don’t know about you, but I was more than shocked at some of the changes that occurred after becoming a mum. As someone who had become used to getting things done with some level of efficiency, having two children within 18 months changed my definition of ‘success’. It was like I had to let…

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My Life is Stuffed Full

I had a big ‘aha’ moment a few months ago when I realised that I am doing the same thing to my life as I do to my bookshelves and my garage… I stuff them full, and then end up with a pile of things that don’t fit, so I will squeeze them in sideways…

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Helping Kids Learn about Wants and Needs

It all started when my five year old asked me if I would buy him a lightsaber. (Or, more accurately at the time, a ‘light-saver’). He didn’t know much about Star Wars, but because of the couple of books we’d borrowed from the library, plus playing with wonderful lightsabers at friend’s houses, he knew that…

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How to relax when your life is full of little people

The funny thing about being a mum is that there is always more to do. More cleaning, organising, planning, cooking, dressing, sorting, driving, playing, cuddling, or laundry to be done. Sometimes we work like maniacs to set up systems and make things ‘perfect’, and sometimes we may give up and just leave things for weeks…

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Get Ready for Mother’s Day

  Okay, Mother’s Day is rolling around again. I wonder how you feel about that: are you looking forward to getting spoiled, or are you a bit like me, where you buy your own presents and still do all the cooking? 🙂 Wherever you are on the journey, it’s a great day to cherish motherhood!…

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Learning through Play

One of the biggest ‘aha’ moments I had that carries me through as a mum is the concept of children learning through play. What this means is that as children are playing, experimenting and discovering, they learning how things work, and this shapes their understanding of the world around them. The reason this was such…

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