How to take charge of your Christmas stress

How to take charge of your Christmas stress

This weekend I found myself in a crowded shopping centre during a weekend away. Which was not on the agenda, but became a necessity after my smallest boy misfired during an alfresco wee, and required new trousers, pronto. As we approached a department store, we watched as the doors opened, and hundreds of cheerless shoppers … Continue reading

The Grug Crood School of Helicopter Parenting

The Grug Crood School of Helicopter Parenting

I don’t think I’m a ‘helicopter parent’. My parenting style’s always been a bit more chaotic and on the hoof than helicopter parenting allows for. But as the kids are getting older, and are under my watch less than ever, I totally get the impulse to hover anxiously, and micromanage their existence, even if its … Continue reading

How to spread love like norovirus

How to spread love like norovirus

Anyone who’s ever had a full blown, head on, entire family collision with the norovirus will know that it is a force to be reckoned with. You’ll know how it couldn’t give a monkeys whether it’s Christmas Day (as was once the case for me), your birthday or your wedding day. It couldn’t give a … Continue reading

5 reasons parents need life coaches

5 reasons parents need life coaches

I used to have all sorts of vague notions about what a life coach might do, none of which, as it turns out, were terribly close to the mark. Now I’m becoming a life coach myself, I’ve also become a coachee. And what I’ve discovered is that parents (like me) need life coaches. Here’s why. … Continue reading

Photoshop for the mind

Photoshop for the mind

I used to think that filters were a Bad Thing. By filters, I mean those ones you access when you hit edit on your camera phone, and suddenly your distinctly average photo looks all funky, or vintage or something other than it actually was to start with. I thought they were just another way of … Continue reading

What does this moment require of me?

What does this moment require of me?

A friend of mine, during a struggle with prenatal depression, was told by a homeopath to take a hot shower every time her thoughts or feelings threatened to overwhelm her. According to her, it helped a lot. Not because there was anything in particular about the hot water or the steamy shower that had any … Continue reading

Being a bit Buddhist

Being a bit Buddhist

It’d never really occurred to me that I might be a bit Buddhist. And I’m sure a full blown Buddhist would laugh (mindfully and with loving kindness) and my version of Buddhism, but having stumbled upon Sarah Napthali’s book Buddhism for Mothers, I realise that I’m pretty much on board with Buddhism, or have Buddhist … Continue reading

To everything there is a season

To everything there is a season

I’ve always had this notion that going in a straight line is Good. Consistency is Good. Routine is Good. I couldn’t say where it came from, but for the longest time I operated under the flawed notion that to be always something is desirable. To be always happy is the ultimate aim, always organised, punctual, … Continue reading