Parenting

My take on the joys and difficulties of being a parent, here I am not pretending to know it all… at all just trying to figure it out like every other parent on the planet and have some fun doing it. :)

Am I teaching my child to lie to me?

When Emilie has done something wrong, she gets punished. Breaking the rules are punishable offences. I’ve always been proud of the fact that she has a sense of discipline, she is obedient and there is respect between the two of us. Lately however, I’ve found that she isn’t as forth coming about her mistakes as I would like. Obviously in the moment it makes me angry, but isn’t this why she isn’t telling me things? Am I encouraging dishonesty with my reactions? How are you supposed to react when your child does the wrong thing? Where is the boundary? How do you instil boundaries without fear? (more…)

5 things I wish I knew as a young mother

A letter to young mothers,

I am writing you this letter because 11 years ago, I was you and I wish someone had told me the things that I have prepared to say to you. More than this, I wish I could give you a big hug because, as I think of what I want to say to you my eyes well up with tears remembering how lonely and frightened you must be feeling. (more…)

Mom Guilt: The Payback Factor

I have been AWOL (absent without leave) for a week, whilst my life has been less than its usual imperfect self. All the while looking back now I tried to maintain some normality – which as we know raises even more havoc!The #ECMeetUp was on my calendar (side note: this was amazing!) for a really long time, but early last week it seemed this plan was destined to fail. Is this a Murphy’s Law thing? Because I really, really could do with a break here! (more…)

Comparing my apples with someone elses pears

Gasp! Why don’t my apples taste like your pears? I mean – we are all fruit aren’t we?

comparing moms

After spending some time with a few of the moms in my life this past weekend, I was feeling “less than”. By less than I mean – I felt like I wasn’t doing enough of something. Do you know what I mean? I found myself planning on buying new toys, trying to get DJ books that are more educational and cooking more food from scratch. Basically making A LOT more effort in the baby department. Yesterday afternoon Ian said to me “Love, you are enough – all this is great, but without it you are still doing enough.” (more…)

Being a mom: The FOMO factor

mom fomo

Have you ever felt like you just wanted to hold your children really tight for a really long time, because they are just growing too quickly and you don’t know how else to stop it? I mean, literally Emilie must have grown 5cms this year already. Her feet are a size bigger, and she’s just changing.

She’s changing faster than my mind can absorb. (more…)

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