Faith, Parenting

Learning lessons

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

Parenting

Just a mom?

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?

Faith

Finding my way

January 2018 is here and I for one couldn't be happier to see the back of 2017. As years go, we have had worse; previous years have seen us navigate redundancies and relocations, while witnessing health and marriage difficulties in our nearest and dearest. In fact, on paper, 2017 saw the realisation of many of… Continue reading Finding my way

Parenting

Why new moms need new expectations

Expectation. What a word. To some it can bring excitement, to others it can bring exhaustion. To one, it can bring fun and to another, it can bring fear. We all have expectation in our lives, whether that is how we expect our day to pan out, or how we expect our careers to pan out,… Continue reading Why new moms need new expectations

Faith, Parenting

To moms who need their moms

I just read a beautiful instagram post where a new mom honoured her own mother. Her simple statement read; "when Mom arrives and everything's OK again", and the deep vulnerability in this heart offering brought tears to my eyes. Being a mother is such a magnificent, messy miracle. As a mom, I get to hold my babies… Continue reading To moms who need their moms

Parenting

To the mom at the nursery gates

"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

Faith, Parenting

The letter I wish I had read as a new mom

Dear beautiful, Congratulations! You have joined the prestigious, bleary eyed, milk stained, caffeine fuelled club that is motherhood. Firstly I want to tell you to enjoy these precious few moments as a brand new family. Ignore the phone, wave off visitors and bed down with your baby. Cherish each gurgle, each smile, each milestone. Hold… Continue reading The letter I wish I had read as a new mom

Faith, Parenting

Put your hands up

"Mommmmyyyyyyyy!!!!" came the urgent cries from my two year old today, whilst I was washing up the dishes. I dried my hands and hurried to the kitchen door to see what mischief he has gotten himself into and I was greeted by the sorry sight of a very tangled up little boy. We have a… Continue reading Put your hands up

Faith, Parenting

They are what you speak

I am so tired of hearing the phrase 'He is a bad boy' or 'She is naughty girl' bandied around the playground or toddler group. Now, as a mother of particularly boisterous boys, who have been more than a little challenging at times, I am only too aware that sometimes our children do misbehave. But I… Continue reading They are what you speak