Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference

I've been feeling a little guilty lately. My youngest daughter just started Kindergarten last month and I haven't been able to enjoy this time as much as I've wanted to. When my first child started Kindy four years ago, I also had a 2 year old at home but my life wasn't as hectic. I now … [Read more...]

Learning from Other People

My six year old daughter once taught me a lesson in forgiveness. During a day at school, she'd made some lovely artwork. She'd proudly waved it in front of me, excited to show her father when he got home. But within seconds of showing me, her classmate randomly came along and defaced it. The boy did … [Read more...]

Relationships Are a Two-Way Street

When Ben Affleck accepted his Oscar award for 'Argo' earlier this year, he likened marriage to 'work'. Standing on stage, he said to his wife who was in the audience: "I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It's good. It is work but the best kind of work and there's no … [Read more...]

Growing Up and Being Responsible

In just three days, I'll be celebrating an important day - my 25th birthday. For me, birthdays have never been about presents. They've been about making our loved ones feel special, cared for and appreciated. In addition to this, I feel that birthdays are a good chance to reflect back on how far … [Read more...]

This is Your Life

I'm not an angry person. Emotional, yes. Angry, no. If something upsets me; I might feel hurt, I might even cry if I feel that bad. But recently, something absolutely infuriated me. You probably know by now that I got married and had children quite young. I don't regret any of my decisions for a … [Read more...]

Moderation is the Key

If you had asked me two months ago, "When was the last time you had a drink?", my answer would have been 5 and a half years. I'd never cared too much for drinking alcohol; I rarely drank in excess. But during the past weekend, I let loose for the first time in a long time. And despite being a mother … [Read more...]

Why It’s OK to be Selfish Sometimes

A tutor once asked me why I chose to study her Psychology unit. I was sitting in a room filled with 15 other University students, the same question posed to each of us. As the answers circulated, their responses were to the effect of: "Because I'm studying a Bachelor of Psychology degree" to … [Read more...]

Looking after Yourself

When you enter the world of parenting, you become so focused on the needs of your children that you often neglect your own. As loving and selfless as this is, mothers and fathers deserve to look after themselves as well. In the last 3 years, I have lost 25kg simply by eating healthy and … [Read more...]

It’s Never Too Late

A paediatrician once said to me: "It doesn't matter how your daughter's behavioural issues came to be, all that matters is what you do for her NOW". Those words have stayed with me for the past 2 years. I've always been someone who tackles problems head on. I like to seek out the cause of things … [Read more...]

Quality of Life: For Our Children

I am often asked whether I plan to expand my family further, whether I would like to "try for a boy". But for my husband and I, we are incredibly happy with what we have. There is one main reason as to why a family of five is right for us; this being the quality of life we want for our … [Read more...]