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Life is hard at times and that’s OK

mum-relaxing Some of the MumsDelivery readers may recognise my name. Others may not. Either way, that’s okay :) Until 15 months ago, I was writing positive blogs for this page. On a very regular basis. My pieces were always focused on seeing the good in every negative situation. In learning from every challenging moment of parenting. 15 months ago, I couldn’t do it anymore because life simply got too hard and overwhelming. I was juggling being a mother of 3 young children, working as a freelanc...

Kids are more capable than we realise

My youngest daughter is 4 years old and every day, she tells me that she loves me. As I'm leaving her Kindergarten class, she will often yell out, “I love you, Mum! Have a good day!” She melts my heart with those words and with the smile that she gives me at the same time. She is also very aware of her own emotions. She'll tell me if she feels bored or lonely. She'll explain exactly why she's sad. She'll remember the name of a person who she's never spoken to. As much as this amazes me, it d...

There’s Always Hope for the Future

Today I cried tears of happiness. I had just finished the morning school run. As I was returning to my car, I received an email on my phone. It was confirmation that I'd passed another assignment! Three weeks ago, I'd scored 100% on the first assignment of my Youth Work course. I cried happy tears today because I've only been studying for a little over a month. I hadn't studied in 8 years. I've been a stay at home mother to 3 girls and am also working from home. But for the first time in a long ...

Sharing Hobbies with your Kids

kids hobby It was a public holiday here in WA recently, and our family were enjoying the sunshine at the front of our house. My husband was doing some work on our new family car, I was doing some writing, and our girls were watching their Daddy in awe. Our kids know that their Mum and Dad met in a car club many years ago. They know that we are both car enthusiasts. They love helping their Daddy by handing him spanners and asking him if he needs anything. My husband and I love sharing our interest in car...

Mums, you are not your mistakes!

parenting blog So, the school holidays have ended and I wanted to reflect back on some of what I've learnt these past two months. For instance, I was reminded near the end of the holidays that, as parents, we will make plenty of mistakes – but that we shouldn't let these mistakes get us down. When my daughter gave me a skipping rope My eldest daughter who is 7 and a half years old, has always had issues with her weight and her eating. She's never been a child with a strong appetite. Sh...

Helping your kids develop a strong sense of identity

Until recently, I hadn't seen some of my extended family for almost a decade. We'd been busy 'growing up', leading our separate lives, and overcoming some of the conflicts that had happened between our families. But in the last few months, I've been able to reconnect with some of my cousins, second cousins, as well as my Aunty and Uncle. Not only have these new experiences been beneficial for me, but they've been beneficial for my husband and three children. “Who am I?” ...

Making new mum friends and the meaning of “how are you?”

Once you become a mum, it's quite difficult to maintain friendships – whether it be with old friends or new ones you've made after having kids. However, what's even more difficult is making them in the first place. Last week, I had a bit of an epiphany after talking to a mum at my daughter's school. I'd passed by her and her son to and from class all year long, said hi here and there, yet we hardly knew anything about each other. So, last week, rather than just answering “good” when she as...

My marriage is just as important as my children

happily married I read an article recently that discussed why kids shouldn't be your highest priority. I completely agree with this sentiment. I used to be the sort of mum who was with her kids 24/7. Who never did anything for herself. Who believed in order to love her children, she hardly had room to love anything or anyone else. But since becoming a freelance writer 2 years ago, I'...

Doing what’s best for our children

children growing up I have three daughters. My eldest daughter is named Alisha. Ever since she was born, my husband and I have called her 'Lishi' for short. It's the only nickname she's ever known. But in the last few weeks, my 7 year old, who's now in Year 2, has been asking me, “Why don't you call me, Alisha?” I know her question hasn't been purely out of curiosity. She says she would much prefer going by her 'real' name because her school friends call her that. When she first told me that she didn't like bei...

Learning from other Parents

When you become a parent, you're bombarded with all sorts of advice. Sometimes it comes from your loved ones, sometimes from strangers who feel compelled to throw in their two cents. Although some advice may be unwarranted and leave you feeling frustrated, it's important to keep an open mind. As a mum of three young girls, I've learned that sometimes it's worth listening to another person's opinion. ...