At first glance this looks like a father and son moment; a lesson in handling a saw and managing a garden. The truth is it is a lesson in handling consequences and managing poor decisions. Look closer at the picture, do you see the tree on the right? It has a huge branch torn off … Continue reading Learning lessons
I got it wrong today. Okay not just today, but spectacularly so on this occasion. This time it was with my middle child, my easiest by far and my least demanding. He is so often overshadowed by his more vocal siblings or overlooked as he is generally happy to go with the flow. We were … Continue reading The Home School Diaries #3
So by the school calendar, we are about to complete our first half term as homeschoolers! People keep asking me, how is it going? How does it feel? The short answer is liberating and exhausting! First off, my favourite thing is no school run. Let's be honest, NO ONE likes the school run. Getting three … Continue reading The Homeschool Diaries #2
Monday’s are the toughest day of the week for many. Statistically, it is the day with the highest number of heart attacks and suicides. At some point our mind or our bodies gives way to mounting pressure, at work, at home, at school, at university. I used to dread Monday because that was the day … Continue reading Just Another Manic Monday?
It is Mothers Day, and this is the first one as a mom of three that I am actually looking forward to. Last year I was dreading the emotions (or lack thereof), that I would feel when my children bundled into bed with me. I consider myself crazy blessed as a mom of three, but … Continue reading Everything I never wanted
You are more than just a mom. Those words actually make me wince. Today is International Women's Day and social media is all lit up with phrases like 'you are more than just a mom, you are a woman, you can rule the world'. Hashtags like #girlboss #bossbabe #girlpower and #thisgirlcan constantly remind us that we … Continue reading Just a mom?
All I have ever wanted is to belong. Isn't that what we all want? I grew up surrounded by abusive relationships, marriage breakdowns and bitter individuals. I have seen families torn apart by anger that was incited decades ago. I was fought over in the courts. I have never known, nor perhaps ever will know … Continue reading Finding me
Wednesday is my favourite day of the week. Why? Because it is a downhill slide on your backside to the weekend! Anyone who is parenting one small person (or multiples if you are truly reckless like me) will know that when your other half walks through the door on a Friday you can finally relax … Continue reading You make it possible
Nothing like quite a blog rebrand is there? My blog has enjoyed several face lifts and name changes over the years, but this current one somehow seems more poignant than ever. Have you ever wanted to find your place? Your purpose? Your calling? I am a self-confessed people pleaser, searching for the one true reason … Continue reading Finding the lovely in everyday life
"It does get easier I promise". The words I gently spoke to a mom at nursery this morning as her son buried his head into her shoulder, crying before we even got through the front door. Her own lip wobbling, and tears filling her eyes, she tried to smile and spoke in a soothing, singing … Continue reading To the mom at the nursery gates