A daily intention to improve your day

"So, does this mean I need to buy you a new ring?" My husband looked suspicious. "Well that's a nice idea", I replied as he retreated with some haste. "But it's not strictly necessary", I added, as the study door closed. Let me explain. I've been experimenting recently with setting daily intentions. Finding life with baby and ...

Finding extra time to connect with my child

Relationships can be hard work to maintain, and this week I knew I needed to work on one of mine. The toddler, 18 days ago, became a big sister. I know it’s been 18 days because I’m counting the scratches on her cot walls. She’s coping very well with the seismic change that shook her tiny ...

Step away from the smartphone: 6 ways to reduce family tech time

How many times a day do you pick up your smartphone? Recently I’ve tuned into my, often mindless, use of mine and focused on reducing my tech time. “Why on earth would you want to do that?” you might ask. “You’re only a beard and a cave away from being a hermit, most of your social ...

Parenting Calm is born

I was recently engaged in protracted negotiations that pushed the limits of both my patience and rational thinking. My requests, both simple and reasonable, were met with derision and opposition. The situation began with a simple attempt to change my toddler's nappy. Despite having adopted the stagger of a drunken cowboy to accommodate the growing bulge, ...