Here's 3 quick and effective strategies to use with sibling rivalry that I teach from Positive Discipline. https://youtu.be/gg5kOcl6HtU Fighting is an everyday occurrence in our house with 4 kids / teens! I'm amazed at how affected I am emotionally when my kids fight - it is often the time when I need to use all… Continue reading What to do when my kids are fighting?
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?
I had someone ask me the other day 'when did you start learning about mindfulness?' And my answer was 'Early 2011 when I started an MBSR course (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) with Nique Murch, an Openground Facilitator'. But that question (like all good questions) got me thinking and really there have been a lot more twists and turns in… Continue reading My Mindfulness Journey…
I felt like I was quite old (I was a new Mum and in a relationship with my partner) before I realised that if you can brainstorm solutions and think laterally there is always a win:win solution....there will always be a way through if you just look hard enough! I was fascinated with the recent Life… Continue reading Brainstorming Solutions…thinking laterally & creatively to solve problems
Following on from my last blog I've been thinking a lot about the conflicting desires we have for our children... I was particularly fascinated with a comment made on the 'Life at 9' series on ABC iview about the fact that we want our children to be persistent... But we also want our children to… Continue reading Conflicting desires for our children…and being mindful of them…
I find that if I can pause and say to myself ' I am present, right here, right now', I can then begin to think of what I am grateful for right now: 'our health, food, shelter, water, the loving touch of someone, the warmth of a dooner, the view'. It doesn't matter what I… Continue reading Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude
I've had a long break from writing this blog....but it hasn't been far from my thoughts so here goes again....maybe this will help me to internalise some of my more mindful thoughts and learning!I've just had a bit of a revelation, after moving house, moving states, busily unpacking, setting up house, applying for work etc… Continue reading It really is my choice to enjoy life!
I was in a lot of pain recently, waiting for the pain relief to kick in when I realised I was fighting it with my mind ( ‘oh no what if I can’t.....I don’t want to feel like this.....this is so unfair.....why me?.....will this make it go away? ‘ Etc). Suddenly I remembered mindfulness so I… Continue reading Mind Full Of Pain
Phew....it's tricky getting back into getting everyone (including me!) to work and school on time! Something I have found so useful....especially when we are running late and I want to deliver that all-time lecture to the kids!....is to breathe out to the very last bit of air I have at least 3 times! For a more… Continue reading Mindful Monday Mornings
Have you noticed that mindfulness helps you deal with strong emotions? Occasionally in the last couple of months I have been overwhelmed with a strong unpleasant emotion......and I have to say initially disappointed that mindfulness didn't help me to AVOID feeling that bad!!! So the strength of the emotion is still there.....but somehow all of… Continue reading More Mindful Meltdowns