Finding the Joy of Reading

I remember their beaming smiles, the excitement of becoming ‘big girls’. An initiation into a world until then mysterious and unknown. Books. Learning to read. A key milestone in education. Where one of my daughters had excelled in her first academic year, it all came crashing down in the following one. She developed an aversion…

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Feeling: touch and emotion

What emotions do you recall from the last touch you felt from or gave to another? Recently I was pondering the relationship between touch and emotion following a meditation. During it I had been prompted to breathe out into my heart space and as I did so I felt myself swaying towards an imagined touch…

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What I learned from NOT writing

My to-do list doesn’t yet seem to be shrinking, despite the back to school breathing space of the past week. As fast as I cross things off, more gets added. So I have decided to write instead. The prerogative of a mother with children out of the house. I spent my summer putting off writing,…

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Gratitude Journal August

Big deep breath and I am back! I feel that I have so much to say and write, ideas buzzing in my head after my break. But I am sticking with gratitude for today. And I am just going to get this on the screen and out there. The summer holidays were full of lots…

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Gratitude Journal July

I would have posted this last week but our holiday and poor Wi-Fi got in the way! July was a month of ‘events’ and occurrences, rather than ‘normal’ life. The end of the school year, an art exhibition, my twin daughters’ birthday, going on holiday. All fun and exciting things, that I loved enjoying and…

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Parenting Tools: Routine

I really hope I am not opening a can of worms here. The concept of routine is one of those parenting debates that polarises. You have on one hand the military precision of forcing a baby or child to do exactly what you want when you want, and on the other the airy-fairy, vagueness of…

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Making bedtime calmer with relaxation

Bedtime in any house with young children can be fraught with obstacles. Everybody is tired. It’s easy to lose patience. It’s easy for children to get wound up, hyperactive and bouncing off the walls. Even with the best will in the world, it can turn to Armageddon. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a way…

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Gratitude Journal April

Despite the weather, April was much better than March. And what things in particular were responsible for this? Split between the children and my creative outputs, I have been finding joy in taking a step back and evaluating what really matters. I spent the first half of the month really enjoying the Easter break with…

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Pondering feedback: Part 2

I wrote last week about the impact of receiving feedback from my point of view, both as a parent and a writer. For me this is a big issue because of how I relate to feedback. And the response I had I felt was quite interesting. And writing it in turn made me look at…

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Pondering feedback as a parent and as a writer

Recently I have been thinking about both the giving and receiving of feedback quite a bit, and thinking about why it is important and how it can help or hinder success. Here I look at receiving it, and another time I shall look at the giving of it (because otherwise this post will be mammoth!)….

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