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What I go to school for

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To encourage you all, this week has been significantly better.  Having taken my own advice last week we have gotten off to a much better start.  I’m in no fairy-tale way thinking that this is it now, we’re sorted, but that with different expectations we are more prepared for the long game. Today, I thought […]

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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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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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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.  […]

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Mum Guilt

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Earlier this year I heard someone answer the question “what would you do differently in life” as follows: “ I’d fill it with less stuff”.  That really got me thinking.  What is “stuff”?  Is it meaningful or just stuff?  The answer prompted me to take a rain check on all the stuff in my life […]

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Autumn Days

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I am so incredibly grateful that a season as worthy as autumn follows the summer.  Saying goodbye to the warmth and sunshine, the long, stretched out evenings, the dinners in the garden, the leaving the house in just a t-shirt, the smell of sun-cream, the garden produce and the holidays is always a tricky one.  […]

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Run Mummy Run!

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“Not enough time”, “no inclination/motivation”, “too tired”, “no childcare”, “not sure what to do”.  These may sound familiar.  Fitting exercise in as a mummy is a challenge and if you are not inclined anyway, it’s way down on the priority list.  Today I have the privilege of interviewing an outstanding mother who is part of […]

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Sweet Dreams

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“I love sleep.  My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” Ernest Hemingway Anyone else feel like that?!  Sleep is a funny old thing but something, that as parents, is so crucial and yet so unobtainable.  Why is that?  Why is the hardest job of our lives one we have […]

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You’re Beautiful

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Our bodies are extraordinary concepts.  Our minds are even more staggering.  Yet, however detached we may feel from one or the other they are intrinsically linked.  As my role as a play therapist, I have worked with numerous children who have taught themselves not to feel.  Due to pain and trauma, they have experienced in […]

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Picture Perfect

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Today marks the end of maternal mental health week and the focus for today is positivity. When I was at university I had a really tough second year and grew to hate the place I was studying and most things associated with it.  When it came to returning to university after a break there was […]