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Empowering Self-belief - Dedicated to my Grandad

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, 'Grow, grow.'” The Talmud

My Grandad was one of those. That angel that bent down and said grow, grow…

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be a Hairdresser and my big one time dream when I was a child was to be on Young Talent Time. I still remember those evenings watching YTT. My favourite part, the song at the end. "And then while I'm away, I'll write home every day, and send all...

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Giving Children Choices – Raising self-aware and thoughtful choice-makers.

“Your child’s ability to make choices begins with your decision to offer them.  The more opportunity for your child to practice making the choices the more effective they get at making them.

Choose, decide and pick are three words that can be used to teach children that they are in control of their own behaviour and attitudes.

If you want to help your children see themselves as responsible for their own

behaviour, feelings and attitudes; adding these three special words,...

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14 Aha Parenting Lessons Lived

No need for a drum roll... most of the lessons learned the hard way and through love and fear. Both worthy teachers.  

BE MYSELF - Authenticity. Learning to accept my own imperfections and share my vulnerability with my son helped me to be the best version of myself. It’s not easy, especially when reflecting in difficult situations and challenging times. I’ve learned that if I want my son to be and get real comfortable in his own skin I need to do it myself. He needs to...

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Emotion Coaching; Guiding Feelings

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Brené Brown

It’s not easy staying connected to your child when they are screaming, frothing at the mouth, head banging, having a meltdown, sulking, pouting and the list goes on.  It can bring many of our own triggers to surface and not in the...

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Don’t! Little Word, No Impact.

Who would have thought, one word would have such little impact.

When I first became aware of the little impact this word has, it threw me.  I had no idea how often I was using it, and how often it left me feeling more frustrated and annoyed.

The awareness of this word can have a huge impact on the words you choose to guide and teach (discipline) your child. It is fascinating to notice your go-to words in parenting. It is out of my need to actively avoid this word and my own struggles to...

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3 Habits of Parenting Block.

What is parenting block? Think writers block, and you’re on the right track; it’s the same principles. Parenting block stops the natural flow, inspiration and creativity for parenting.

More specifically, ’parenting block’ is when you think you have no idea what you’re doing, what to do, why you’re doing what you’re doing, and if you can even do what you plan on doing when it comes to parenting. It comes in the form of fear, confusion, exhaustion, lack...

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Daily Baby Music Love.

Babies eyes light up with the sound of music. They move, jiggle and find their inner joy.

So often, music is perceived as something extra that you can expose your children to once they have mastered life’s basic skills. In reality, music creates space in our lives, and allows greater opportunities for us to foster the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development of our children.

Music is not a separate entity to be learnt in a formal capacity, nor is it a specific vocational...

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What's in a Virtuous Cake?

Our everyday happenings have the power to move us and create purpose and meaning. The research on happiness shows us that creating meaning around our lives can improve and enhance our wellbeing.

So... A cake you ask?

A Virtuous Cake!

Virtuous Carrot Cake includes way more than just the ingredients, that’s for sure.

A few months ago a friend sent me a divine recipe for a Virtuous Carrot Cake.  I had a little giggle as she knows very well how much I love virtues. ...

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Raising Grateful and Kind Kids.

“Giving is an expression of gratitude for our blessings.” –  Laura Arrillaga-Andreesen

Self-awareness is the greatest gift we can give children. The opportunity to reflect on the people that matter, the things they have and what is provided for them and things they do to contribute to the world.  Even the challenges can be seen as something to be thankful for. We don't always have to give a gift to say and show gratitude. We can teach our children the...

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Parenting with Patience - Part 2.

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience is a character strength that helps us to slow down and practice mindfulness. It helps us work at our own natural pace. It allows us to respond to life’s challenges rather than react to them. Patience brings more love, calm, peace and acceptance into our life and the lives of others. Patience is not just about waiting.

Pace yourself with patience

“I don’t have enough time.”...

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