We take breathing for granted; it is something we just do every day! But family life can be very busy and we might feel that we don’t have time to stop and take a break to meditate or re-energise. The good news though is that it doesn’t have to take more than a minute or even a few seconds to reboot, to boost yourself, to rescue yourself from a ‘panicked or stressful’ moment or avoid doing or saying something you will regret later on. Continue reading
What if there was a place where everybody who wants to be a more positive and focused parent could meet, no matter what kind of family they are in or what they are going through? Continue reading
I have always been against ‘buying’ things on mother’s day, and actually also Valentine’s Day and all the ‘made up by shops days’. But I do LOVE when my children make me something to show their appreciating for the mother I am to them! Here is a poem from my daughter!
To my child,
I wrote this letter to make me feel better…
I know you think I’m hard on you and at times unfair, maybe even stupid! And I am. Because I love you. Because I want to be able to look into the future and know I can look back and say that I was the best parent I could be for you and for me. From a place of parenting, love & forgiveness.
I thought I had it all under control until one by one my kids turned into tweens, then teens! Suddenly I did not know them – they started to talk back, have mood swings, need their privacy, respond violently to rules and limits and display some pretty rude behaviour. What had I done wrong? Nothing, I found out! It was normal, just part of growing up. However, just because it is “normal”, it doesn’t mean we have to just accept it and live with it. There ARE positive steps we can take.
Family life can get very busy – there’s homework, chauffeur duties, activities, bath time, chores, sibling rivalry, and then worrying about what went wrong and why?! Sometimes it can be hard to fit in a meal where we are all together, relaxed and present. But once we get the hang of it, eating together as a family can be achieved and has huge benefits for us all.
A common goal that we as parents often have is to be able to build a trusting relationships with our kids and to trust them! Especially knowing that as teens this trust will be put to the test, whether we feel up to it or not. Many of us hold the belief that trust is something you earn – and show our children in daily situations that we don’t implicitly trust them.
As a Dane it has been a real positive experience and privilege to see how hygge was the buzz word of 2017. It is found to be one of the reasons why the Danes are so happy and content, since it has lots of benefits: promote health, harmony, slows us down, connect us in a deeper way to everything and everyone around us.
What do I get for passing my SATs, entry exams, GCSEs, A levels?
My son is doing his GCSEs and just asked me, ‘Mum what do you get for doing your exams and studying hard?’ My reply was, ‘Well you get good grades, an opportunity to stay at your school to do A levels, to go to Uni (if you want to) and hopefully get a good job.’ My son: ‘that’s not good enough, EVERYONE else gets money for each A or B they get!’. What’s next? What do I get for getting up in the morning at Uni, finding myself a job, earning money? Here is the difference between motivating our child and bribing them…
Pocket money is a great way for children to learn the basics of managing money – a skill they’ll definitely need for life – and it helps them feel more independent and responsible. Kids NEED pocket money! It gives them independence!