November 25, 2018

What is parenting?  Most of us will have our different version of answers to this question depending on our beliefs, our upbringing and our values.  But what about what parenting isn’t?  Let me explain.

No one likes to feel suppressed yet I see the results of...

September 18, 2018

Could your children be teaching you about you? Is there an opportunity to change and grow?

August 22, 2018

I felt shame.  I feared judgement.  I felt a complete failure.  As I looked around the room at my first mothers group 13 years ago I sat quietly and observed.  There was the mum whose baby slept on the floor, in her arms, in the pram anywhere at anytime.  Lucky her, I...

June 28, 2018

Yelling is damaging and no one likes to be on the receiving end of such dominance.

November 2, 2017

It is easy to say my child doesn’t listen.  My child doesn’t co operate, is rude, angry, yells, obnoxious, overbearing and so on.  But where did they learn this?  Somewhere along the way we need to take accountability for some of their behaviour.  They learnt it or are...

October 13, 2017

“Why would you make our cat die because he has a sore leg?”  Were the words from my 5yo daughter.

I have taught my children to question.  Question everything, to expand their minds, to think for themselves and not just accept what others tell them as gospel.  To learn t...

August 8, 2017

The recent passing of my father has caused me to reflect on my childhood.  As a grown woman I am reminded the depth of joy and pain parenting can have and how this stays with us forever.

My heart has been flooded with many emotions and as I process each emotion memori...

August 8, 2017

Step parenting will challenge you.  It has challenged me on all levels.  The complexities are very real, constant, occur inside the house and can come at you from externally.  So how do you get through and make sure your relationship and new family survive?

Fi...

July 17, 2017

I recall the moment I raised my voice and the words that left my mouth sounded just like my mother. A cold tingling feeling went through my body. I had been on the receiving end of those words 35 years ago and now I was using them. My heart sank. I knew it didn’t f...

June 23, 2017

Emotions affect us greatly.  If we are feeling down our behaviour is affected, our tolerance and our ability to cope with life.  Little things can set us off and we can get stuck in our own negative state. Think of the times when small annoyances have triggered an angr...

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