adoption

The Power of Love

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I know I’m a bit late in the month to be thinking about love, but I was struck by a somewhat saddening thought yesterday regarding the question of love.  You’ve heard me talk about love languages before and it’s something I have tried to reinstall in our family to get us thinking about how we […]

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Park Life

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Before becoming a parent one of the things I used to resent was standing, freezing my butt off, with other mums in the park, watching their children swing, slide etc, and only having the usual snippets of conversation as the parent tends to falls, friendship upsets, sibling rivalry etc.  But, since becoming a parent I […]

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Be thankful

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I feel confronted by a challenge at the moment, and one I have to admit, I don’t yet have the answer to.  I’ve been pondering it regarding myself for a while but am questioning the importance of instilling these values into our kids; the next generation.  One of the things I struggle with as a […]

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January Friend

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I tend to find January a bit of a tough month if I’m honest.  It’s cold and dark and often wet, and the twinkling lights and excitement of Christmas have been left behind.  I’m afraid winter is not my favourite season and January can often leave me wondering if the dreary bitterness will ever end. […]

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Whatever next?

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I have been reminded this week of the importance of journeying through parenthood with others.  It’s something I’ve mentioned before (maybe on a few occasions) but each stage we face with our little ones brings new challenges which need not be faced alone. We currently have a four-and-a-half-year-old (going on 14).  The Jekyll and Hyde, […]

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Our daily bread

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Creativity, experimentation, an awakening of senses, connections, celebrations, enjoyment, fun, laughter, family, necessity, daily, basic need…what do all these connotations have in common?  Food.  Our daily bread.  Something we need to survive.  I love food!  I love exploring new tastes and trying new things.  I’ll be honest from the start, I am a fussy eater […]

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New Year; New You?

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Who gets to January and thinks yey, it’s a new year…that means a new me?  Or who gets to January and thinks I just can’t be bothered with a new year’s resolution; they never come to anything and the thought of another failure is just too much?  I think I fall somewhere in the middle.  […]

Christmas

Deck the halls

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If you’re anything like me when your kid brings home a delightful hand-crafted decoration from school, you’ll do the classic “that’s lovely dear, tell me all about how you made it”, but secretly be thinking “do we really have to put that on the tree?!”  Hopefully, you’re not like me and you embrace the beautiful, […]

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The way you make me feel

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Happy, sad, angry, scared, disgusted, excited, surprised, jealous, amused, bored, frustrated, embarrassed, shy, joyful, puzzled, relieved…the list goes on.  Emotions are everywhere and we can choose to ignore them or embrace them.  As a therapist, one of my most frequent wonderings with a client is how something makes them feel.  So often, they are unable, […]

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Only Mummy

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It can be very challenging/frustrating when you just want to get something done so you give your bundle of joy to someone else for two minutes and they howl. Yet, as soon as you take them back in your arms they stop. Why can’t they just be happy with someone else for a minute? You’re […]