Best friends, worst enemies – how to handle sibling rivalry

Sibling interaction is one of the first social contexts children encounter. Rivalry is often fueled by competition for attention from people that they regard as influential or significant, such as parents or caregivers. Over time, as their circle of influence widens, such behaviour extends to impressing their peers, and both physical and relational aggression are [...]

Can Mindfulness Make you a Better Parent?

Mindfulness for parents is about being completely present to, aware of and accepting what is happening right now, without judgment or over-concern. Parents race through days, planning ahead, anticipating issues, always on the move. Being mindful helps parents to stop, notice and appreciate the happy and joyful moments as they arise. When parents are confronted [...]

Chrysalis

Listening to confirm what my heart speaks Communicating with spaces in between words open to interpretation Observing to complement what my eyes see Walking taking a moment before each step Breathing like there is nothing else that I need to do I exist in this cloud of serenity withdrawn from a thoughtless race I am [...]

Acceptance

What does it mean? A chasm exists from where I am To where I want to be Vast with fear Wide with what-ifs Seemingly insurmountable Acceptance brandishes courage Imposes upon time Pleads forgiveness Implores non-judgement Articulates self-love Acceptance challenges beliefs Rocks foundations Shifts paradigms Reframes boundaries Manifests transformation Acceptance Is not resignation Is not surrender nor [...]

Solace

Tears on my pillow An ache deep in my heart Consoled by words of true kindness from a dear friend An angel Reassurance lies in trust, faith, belief And prayer In this surrender I welcome inner peace Acceptance and courage The ache persists For it serves to inspire To remind me of this gem In [...]

Magical Journeys: from Mayhem to Mindfulness

At 8 o’clock in the evening, I can be seen herding my three children up the stairs to their bedroom with enough enthusiasm to match a team of bouncy cheerleaders on the sidelines of a premiership game: “C’mon girls! Let’s Go! Go! Go!” We race up the stairs together—“Last one to the room has to turn off the lights!” Squealing [...]