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Building Children’s Self-Esteem

Building Children’s Self-Esteem

As parents, our job is to help our children cultivate self-esteem. In order to do that, they need to know and become connected to the self. If children are not connected to who they are, they will not develop self-esteem. We live in a world that is quick to teach us...

How Children Learn

How Children Learn

..and what we need to know as parents   Knowing how children learn can ultimately unlock their blueprint of potential. Think of your child, as the seed of a tree. Inside every tree lies a blueprint of creation that is there to guide the growth of that tree. Our...

Parenting as a Spiritual Practice

Parenting as a Spiritual Practice

Did you know that we learn to parent, by the way we were parented, at least subconsciously. That may or may not be good news. What is helpful to know, is that our reactive thoughts and feelings come from our subconscious programs. Our job as we grow, is to upgrade the...

It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

They say it takes a village to raise a child – and yet we don’t often have much of a village these days. Sometimes we need to look outside of our own extended family to create extra support and bring a richness that comes from having many different people as part of...

The Importance of Play for Young Children

The Importance of Play for Young Children

As an only child of a single mother, I grew up entertaining myself. When mum got home from work, she didn’t have the time or space to entertain me. I knew from an early age that my own fun came from me, and what I could make, create, discover and imagine. If ever I...

Your Baby has Arrived! Tips for Partners

Your Baby has Arrived! Tips for Partners

You have been an amazing partner during the birth – now what happens? It’s a very intense time of learning and adjusting when a new baby lands, particularly for the birthing mother. Not only does her body need to heal from the birth and return to a non-pregnant state,...

Creating Family Rituals

Creating Family Rituals

My son gazes lovingly into my eyes one night as I put him to bed. This has always been an important time of connection for us. I have sung him his own song since he was a baby. This song signals the words I want to deeply instil within him, that he is loved and he is...

Cultivating Emotional Intelligence

Cultivating Emotional Intelligence

It was one of those days where everything felt hard. Getting up was almost human torture, feeling like I must have had a 10-minute sleep, not the 7 hours the clock reported. Getting the boys breakfast was mundane and nerve wracking as every disgusting noise and...

The Emotions of Pregnancy & Parenting

The Emotions of Pregnancy & Parenting

One of the couples I worked with had a very difficult first birth. As a result, they researched other ways to welcome their second baby into the world. This time, they changed their model of care to a more woman-centered model. They completed my course and the mum did...

The First Forty Days

The First Forty Days

The moment has finally arrived - you're finally gazing into that beautiful face of your newborn. All of the mystery surrounding the identity of your baby has been resolved in just one moment. You're fascinated by the unique little features and the perfection of...

Becoming a Grandparent

Becoming a Grandparent

Grandparents are gold in the life of a child. They come with experience, their hearts full of love for their family, and no real responsibility to the child, other than keeping them alive 🙂 This means they can be playful, breake the rules, spoil them and give them...

Finding Your Voice in Labour

Finding Your Voice in Labour

I have a distinct memory of looking at my husband’s face during my birth with James, with desperate eyes, pleading with him to read my mind – to get a towel for the floor, a hot pack for my raging bum, a drink of water, call the midwife and not to tell her she has...

Reclaiming what was lost in birth

Reclaiming what was lost in birth

It’s her second birth, and she’s chosen a homebirth. She’s excited to experience birth as a connected family event. She trained her body and mind and brought a great level of commitment and love to her impending birth. She has done all the right things to prepare. The...