How to find your inner calm & calm down your kids?

What do you do to stay calm or calm down?   I'd love to know what works for you..... I had to use all the mindfulness skills available to me earlier this week to keep calm....and then when I erupted (oops!) - to recover quickly!  No-one can push our buttons like our kids can - and… Continue reading How to find your inner calm & calm down your kids?


Keeping kids safe & mindful online…

My biggest parenting challenge right now is screens & the internet - it is ever more intrusive as the kids get older (my 4 are aged between 12-17!) and 'need' it for homework, socialising, music, take photos / films, entertainment etc etc....and the battle for screen-free time in our family grows! So I've been doing… Continue reading Keeping kids safe & mindful online…


Choose Your Focus….and change your life…


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I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about how if we can change our focus then our whole outlook or ‘story’ of what just happened or is about to happen changes… and one of my teachers recently said: if we choose a particular focus we can create a whole new habit, an interesting thought….it really does seem like optimism & a positive outlook can be taught / learnt!  It seems as though the brain is wired to find evidence for whatever we are focussed on so if we are convinced that person is annoying…then we will only notice his / her annoying behaviours whereas if we choose to focus on that person’s strengths we will notice them more and more.

This got me thinking of the mindfulness skill to broaden your focus from a narrow beam of spotlight to taking in the whole of life’s stage and in how many ways we…

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Gladdening our heart increases our resilience…

Breathing in the good - Gladdening our heart...Building our resilience... I'm currently doing Brene Brown's Art Journalling course on the Gifts of Imperfection! (https://www.ownlifeclasses.com/pages/brene-brown)   I totally recommend it - it's fun and gets the creative juices flowing and covers topics such as courage, joy & gratitude & creativity! All things I need more of… Continue reading Gladdening our heart increases our resilience…


Tuning in to our environment…

Many indigenous cultures claim that it is important to listen to what the wildlife have to say to us... Since working in Central Australia - I've always felt an affinity with Willy Wagtails - yesterday as I was the sole person walking on the cold beach a Willy Wagtail came down to feed at the… Continue reading Tuning in to our environment…


Random Acts Of Kindness

I was a little blown away by the number of homeless people I saw in Sydney recently 😦 and a little perplexed with how to help... then luckily the Universe provided me with an opportunity.    I was in a 7/11 store stocking up on breakfast supplies and there was a man in the corner… Continue reading Random Acts Of Kindness


Imperfect, Good Enough, Parenting Manifesto

 It's OK for me to make mistakes, to reflect on what didn't work, to apologise and to make things right again. It's OK for me to still be learning and growing and to at times not know the best way to act or respond. It's OK for me to love my children fiercely and still… Continue reading Imperfect, Good Enough, Parenting Manifesto


A Mindful Approach To Time

I have just finished reading The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks - fascinating book ....but the chapter that resonated with me most was the one on Time! At first it didn't ring true to me...but boy has it made a huge difference to my week! He talks about how when we talk about time as… Continue reading A Mindful Approach To Time


The not so nice UN-Mindful Moments!

Has there been a time this last week when you were particularly UN-mindful?   There was for me - and I added to the moment by beating myself up about it - but if we become aware of the process and notice what happens then we can (SLOWLY) learn what not to do! My parents are… Continue reading The not so nice UN-Mindful Moments!


Resilient Families Thriving Kids

Imagine if we could raise kids to be emotionally and socially aware and with life skills that mean they are resilient, confident, capable, creative and content with life.   Imagine if we could prepare children for adulthood, for school and the corporate world by the way we raise them in our homes. Imagine if we could… Continue reading Resilient Families Thriving Kids