Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

Hands Free Mama is an amazing book and Rachel has a way of writing which is very emotional and very raw.   The book starts with turning off your gadgets so you can spend more time with your children and partner.  However, it goes into more depth and just turning off your mobile phone is not enough, you need to connect and be present for your kids. Continue reading “Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford”

Youngest daughter is now off to school

I can’t quite believe that my youngest daughter is now off to school. Today is the last day of half days for settling into school. From next week both my daughters are at school. Freedom! Woo hoo!  A little part of me is quite glad that school has started and we can get back into a routine. Another part of me is feeling a bit sad that this phase of childhood is over. It’s strange when something is over I want to go back and recapture it, hold onto it a little bit longer. Continue reading “Youngest daughter is now off to school”

The Price of Privilege – Madeline Levine, Ph.D.

The Price of Privilege is another parenting book highlighting the plight of parenting in this day and age. The author is a psychologist who treats a lot of wealthy family kids – especially teenagers.  The case studies themselves are enough to make you feel unbelievably sad and unhappy. It gets you thinking about your childhood and that of your kids.  You hope and pray that you are doing everything right and the doing your best is enough. But there are so many little incidents that ring true that make you think, is that me? Will that happen to my girls? Continue reading “The Price of Privilege – Madeline Levine, Ph.D.”

Changes and worries

As always, things are changing in our house and as usual I am in panic mode which means sleepless nights and worrying about things that are out of my control.  Everything always works out for the best in the end so I should just relax and let go of what I can’t control. But as a worry wart, that’s one thing I can’t seem to do. Continue reading “Changes and worries”

A Mums Morning Poem


In the darkness of the night and the early morning, 

When monsters lurk just behind the shadow of the door 

And spiders threaten to come out and hang, 

A restless stirring, shows the nightmare is in full swing, 

 

A woman creeps out of bed to start the day. 

A list of things to do running through her head, 

Making sure the girls have everything for school is her first priority 

But its an endless list making her angry and helpless at the same time.

 

This is when meditation needs to be done (and ticked off the list).

A multitasking meditation, deep breaths while ironing,

Knowing that the things that she wants to work on will get left behind again.

When did life become so busy? When did lists become so long?

 

A loud swoosh as a door opens, brings the woman out of contemplation.

There’s a patter of small feet running across the hall searching for a grown up,

And a big relieved hug from two sleepy girls as they find their mummy.

Maybe life will be frustrating for a while but the big hugs are amazing.

 

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The last few days of the summer holidays

At the beginning of the holidays I was wondering how I was going to cope with both girls for six whole weeks.  However, its now almost over and I’m feeling a little sad about it and almost wish the holiday would start again.  It’s not been perfect and I’ve had a little help (more than I would like to admit!)  from the TV and Ipad and grandparents taking them but otherwise it’s been quite nice having the girls at home.  We’ve not done as much school work as I had hoped and we’ve been quite busy trying to get things repaired and updated around the house. But I’ve loved having lie in and not rushing breakfast, and just spending nearly all day chilling.  Continue reading “The last few days of the summer holidays”

Summer Holidays!

This is the first summer holidays where both girls are at home with me.  The younger one is only off because she is changing nurseries so I thought it would be nice for them to both be off and at home together.  Not sure what I was thinking and I’m only half way through.  Well the good points of being at home are: Continue reading “Summer Holidays!”