Family, mindful parenting, occupational therapy, Parenting

From Hindrance to Helpful: Jobs for Kids at the Campsite

We've just returned from five days camping, and now that I've recovered, I can sit down and write this story that's been on my mind. This is a story about how my six year old was pushing allll of my buttons, and could have easily resulted in me blowing my top at him, but instead… Continue reading From Hindrance to Helpful: Jobs for Kids at the Campsite

Parenting, Personal, Starting school at six

Ode to the Preschool Years

Here's to not living by the ringing of the school bell. Here's to the slow mornings, the late starts, trying to make it to kindy on time, yet being waylaid again by yet another dead bumble bee that needs examining and carpets of fallen kowhai blossoms and fuzzy pussy-willows. Here's to the hours of play… Continue reading Ode to the Preschool Years

Family, Mental health, mothering, Parenting, Personal, Preschoolers

Six Truths of Travelling with Small Children

Recently we went away with our three kids, aged 5 (& 3/4 - very important), 4, and almost 2 years. Whilst it was a fabulous holiday, giving us some much needed family bonding time, I was reminded about how logistically hard it can be travelling with young children. The photos don't show it; because who… Continue reading Six Truths of Travelling with Small Children

Balance, Family, mothering, Parenting, Personal

The Weight of Parenting is Getting Lighter

After living in what seems like a blur of three small children for the last few years, I can feel the weight of parenting getting lighter. When you're in that blur of the first few years, the load can seem heavy and the work non-stop. Always fixing the meals, dressing the little people, being 100%… Continue reading The Weight of Parenting is Getting Lighter