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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Change: tackling it positively

At the moment there is big change in our lives. Our house is about to get torn to shreds by builders, including creating an annexe so that we can have my brother in law, who needs a little extra support, live with us; we have yet more schooling issues with our children that we are…

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The mental health price of academic focus

I am worried about the education we provide to the children in this country. I am worried because two of my daughters are going through it already and I don’t like what I see. I am worried because of my own negative experiences of secondary education. And I am worried because of the apathy some…

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The chicken and egg of positive parenting

There has been a news story this past weekend about the Government wanting parents to take classes in child-rearing skills. Apparently the aim of this is to keep families together, because those that do are less likely to be in poverty. However I am not quite clear on how teaching parenting skills keeps parents together…

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Cheesy gratitude biscuits

I thought that I wouldn’t be writing my gratitude journal every week, and last week I did do a little creative writing instead. But it appears that I can’t help myself from being a little bit grateful for the good things that have happened! It’s all about the fun activities I shared with my children…

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The gift of writing

Exactly 6 months ago today I published my first ever blog post on The Filling Glass. Considering it is the time of year when we all get very reflective about what has passed, I thought I would review a little of what has happened in my life via my blogging experience. When I first started…

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I am the way

Up until a few years ago, I was someone who struggled with keeping my mental health on an even keel. But something changed. Something forced me to seek the help I knew I so desperately needed but was too embarrassed and ashamed to seek. I had children. When my daughters were born, everything was ok…

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Back to the old skool

A little while ago I wrote about how ‘stuff’ and decluttering made me feel. Since then I have been travelling a little way down the road of becoming unburdened. I aim to write in depth about whether I manage all that I want in that respect another time. But this week I found something in…

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