Take Back Your Mental Power … And Show Your Children The Real You

When I was growing up, hanging in the good lounge room of my parents house was a framed painting of a young child. Her hair was a mop of yellow to her shoulders. A thick fringe stopped just above deep brown eyes which peered upward from her slightly lowered head....

When Saying No Means Saying Yes

You know how it is. You’re needed here and have a responsibility over there. You’d really like to see this person but have already said yes to someone else. To add to that, your list of jobs is getting longer and your pile of ironing, folding and putting away is...

Kindness – The Forgotten Gift

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with a woman who was reminiscing about finding photos of her 25th wedding anniversary, which was 26 years ago. Enthralled by relationships, I could not pass up the opportunity to seek her advice and opinions on the topic of...

Breathe First

I called my sister before I had looked at the clock. “I just realised this is probably the worst time to call you” I began, thinking of the hundreds of tasks that can arise at 5:40pm for a working mother of three boys. I was pleased to hear my sister recount she was...

The True Purpose Of Parenting

My pen and paper beckoned as my mind continued a familiar route to a conversation laced in curiosity and built on fragility. A recent conversation with a dedicated and compassionate mother began spontaneously, but her courage to be open and vulnerable quickly offered...

A Story Of Choice and Developing Dreams

Life is a game in which opportunities are continually offered to tune in or tune out, to influence or be influenced. Moment after moment, day after day and year after year choices are presented like a fork in the road. “Here soul’, life urges, ‘which path will you...

A Conversation With A Friend

“Are you or your mother scared you may take your life?” This thought was in my head, until I saw my friend look at me and I heard the silence that followed. I had asked aloud. We sat at the dining room table of her parents’ house in the town we grew up. This table has...

One Overcast Day

One overcast day, as the sun peeked periodically from behind the clouds, I stood alongside a mother as she watched her daughters Saturday sport. The mother turned from the game, fisted her hands beneath her chin and through smiling but clenched teeth, stated how she...

Relationship Pillars of Empowerment

Spring is in the air. Changes. Growth. New life. New relationships? Or newly nurtured relationships?   What have you planted over recent years in the form of seeds of companionship and commitment? Are you surrounded by fertile gardens that bring joy and happiness to...

The 5 Things Mothers Aren’t Doing that is Sabotaging Their Joy

In my many years as a director in early childhood settings, I have been privileged to build meaningful and trusting relationships with hundreds, if not thousands of mothers. Several years ago, there was a particular week that stood out to me. In 5 days, four mothers –...