THREE APPROACHES FOR POSITIVE, RESPECTFUL PARENTING (WHEN PARENTING IS HARD)

THREE APPROACHES FOR POSITIVE, RESPECTFUL PARENTING (WHEN PARENTING IS HARD)

When it comes to parenting, we are mostly winging it. Every day of this job/privilege where we have to keep these tinies alive and make sure they grow up to be decent humans is a learning curve. Every day we are faced with new challenges that we hadn't thought about how we would handle and conversations that we are in over our head with. "Mummy, when you're dead are you just lying in the ground dead?".... Yeah. That stuff. 

The last six years of parenting has been both but a tiny portion of life and a steep time of growth.  We have unlearned a heap of things that we thought we were supposed to do and be as parents and that process has been difficult and freeing all at the same time. I write what I'm about to write here not as an expert, but as a normal parent that is figuring it out daily - drinking in grace and compassion for myself as we navigate these unchartered territories for our own family.  It is relentless and rewarding. It is hard. 

Getting The Pram Right...

Getting The Pram Right...

When it came to buying baby stuff for Ada, we were really focused on keeping things simple.  Most of the things we had from Levi's baby days had already found a new home or were donated and so almost five years later we were starting from scratch.  Most of the big stuff we tried to find second-hand, including our pram.  I remember feeling so overwhelmed by buggies and travel systems this time around.  The world of prams was a very different one now from 2011 and the amount of choice, add-ons and online reviews was immense and confusing. What did I really need?! It all felt too much so we settled on one from gumtree that looked really pretty but...

It took our trip to Italy for me to finally surrender that we had made the wrong choice of pram. Sure it was pretty, but it just didn't have the stamina for the amount of walking that we were doing. We had the tires blow out on us a couple of (really inconvenient) times over the two weeks we were away and had to scurry to local Italian bicycle shops to get them patched and fixed. Thank goodness for baby-wearing, even if it was 40 degree heat!  Lesson learned.  Sometimes second-hand items work out, and sometimes they don't. We needed a pram to be reliable as my back-to-work date was looming and we were leaving Ada in the trusty hands of grandparents who would be taking her out and about for walks all the time.  

ASSEMBLY WINTER GATHERING - Tickets Now Available!

ASSEMBLY WINTER GATHERING - Tickets Now Available!

Just popping in to let you know that the tickets for the next Assembly Gathering are now live!

I'm so excited to run this event again and bring creative women together (you can read all about the first one here)! We have so much to learn from each other and be inspired by in each others' journeys.  

FOUR PILLARS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD

FOUR PILLARS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD

My first blog post of 2017! This month, usually the slowest and most dreaded of the year, hasn't really felt like that at all round here.  Although I have been a bit quiet on the blog front, I have been squirrelling away behind the scenes writing my first ever e-guide 'A Simpler Start To The Year' and putting some foundational priorities in place for the year ahead.

I wanted to share with you some of these things - put them in writing, almost as a form of accountability to myself.  I mentioned in the e-guide that I there are certain pillars in my life that when I make sure that they are upheld, they sustain me and help me keep my priorities in check. Being outside with my family, doing a job that has an impact, spending time with friends that know me and are for me, and making time for creative pursuits are the main four. So, right at the outset of the year I have tried to mark down some of the ways I am putting things in place to try and keep these pillars steady throughout the year.

A SIMPLER START TO THE YEAR

A SIMPLER START TO THE YEAR

You'll notice that my website has had a bit of a make over recently that I'm really excited about and proud of (I managed to switch my whole site over to a new host and create the new layout myself which is a MASSIVE feat for me)! I have been wanting to shake things up with my writing and blog stuff for a while and finally took the plunge last month to create a site where all of the things I am intending to work on in the year ahead made more sense (big thanks to Ben Connolly from Angel & Anchor for the new look branding).  You'll see the blog remains, but I've also put a spot up here for info on Assembly Gatherings - something that I'm excited to keep going on a seasonal basis - and there will also be a new feature added soon that will allow you to engage with some online resources that I'm creating.