OK, confession time: I am a not a perfectionist, I just like things to be done well 🙂 I have to admit, at times I am a bossy mum; routines, order, manners, etiquette, household rules and family culture I value highly, but in my experience, seeking connection and not driving for perfection is a healthier & … Continue reading Seek Connection Not Perfection
Do you, like me, experience 'fear of missing out' or FOMO for short? Once upon a time, I made a friend called 'social media' and this friend connected me & friends. It was mostly good BUT this relationship catapulted me into a whole lot more FOMO & I've spent a lot of time trying to … Continue reading How to cure FOMO
I LOVE Christmas, so we start early in our house. The tree goes up in late November. The kids get to help decorate the tree but I am THAT person that rearranges it when they have gone to bed. One day they will have their own tree, but for now this one is mine. We spend … Continue reading 3 Things We Changed at Christmas
Dare I say...we are not a huge fans of Halloween?! The 31st October has puzzled me at times - what to do for the best? I recall feeling fearful as a child at this time of year and even our own little ones didn't even like 'mascot bears', let alone the relentless door knocking on … Continue reading Want to know why we don’t love Halloween?
A lot changed entering parenthood. I experienced a surprising feeling of loss for things I had taken for granted. Even with a new baby, accepting the world went on without me was tricky. This independent woman was changed for ever. Mostly this brought joy - I was ready for motherhood - but I wasn't ready for all … Continue reading How to survive church as a new mum!
AT SOME POINT, let's be honest, our small people will get lost in a big shops, wander off on beaches - even the thing they wander off to sometimes wanders off too - they forget to take keys & get wrong buses home. THIS POST is checking if we & our kids are prepared … Continue reading ‘Keeping Kids Safe’ Pt 1
I was such an earnest, so new at it mum - I read every practical parenting mag and lived off every flyer from the midwife (pre-easy internet days). I totally sweated about microscopic, and now laughable, things. I did it by the book the first time round and now wish I hadn't. So much has … Continue reading A Letter to My New Mummy Self
There's something quite special about getting to the school holidays (if the dates work) & being home with the kids. I treasure how, by the end of the week, the kids seem more like mine again - sounding less like the pressures of the classroom and less like the person they have to be to … Continue reading I Survived The School Holidays!
Do you look at other parents through the highlight reel of social media - everyone's perfect day, perfect children, perfect meals - and think everyone else has got it all together? In truth, those of us behind the camera don't always feel we are getting it right. Overwhelmed with daily life, anxiety can kick in, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Avoid Parenting Under Pressure
When they are little so many of the things they need we find easy to give, as they grow older don't stop, here's a few simple essential steps I try and take every day: 1) STOP Everything 2) Close your computer 3) Turn your phone upside-down 4) Mute the TV … Continue reading Keep it Simple