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Are you Parenting a Fantasy Child?

Have you found yourself caught up in the trap of parenting a fantasy child, rather than your actual child?  “Happiness is Letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything it is” Mandy Hale I have recently been following the lovely Joshua Becker (becomingminimalist.com) as he guides over 5,000 people worldwide to let go of their clutter and become...

Expat Relocation to Switzerland: 10 things to pack

What you need to know before your expat relocation / move to Switzerland with your family and children. You know the whirlwind of chaos that is a move? Double it for an international expat relocation! We arrived with the very un-useful: half used bottles of cleaner; gardening things (no garden!); three bookcases of books and missed the useful: cake tins; muffin trays; picture frames; and...

The Signs of Great Parenting

How we seem to have it backwards.. I remember sitting in the playgroup……besides trying to make sure Missy M didn’t destroy anything or anyone, I had another anxious dialogue running in my head based on a simple belief ….. whatever she did was a direct reflection on me as a...

Is this how it is supposed to be?

I had a client who had built up an image of what his marriage and family would look like when he was lucky enough to be in that stage of his life. Some of the pictures were based on how he was brought up (either moving towards or away from that style of parenting) and his personal preferences that had built up over...

Riding the Tiger of Anger

Happy 2016! I wanted to share with you (because I think it is so darn important), the best article I have ever read on anger. But why? It would be easy for me to say “oh, this is an important issue that comes up for almost every...

Not my Circus, not my monkeys: words to live by

When you feel yourself getting pulled into other people’s nonsense, repeat these words: Not my Monkeys! Not my circus!   I shared this polish saying on Facebook the other day and got a cracking response. This really resonated with me, as it is something at was taught to be, by a small Gypsy boy, in a zoo in Edinburgh over 7 years...

How do work and why?

Recently I had the good fortune to be interviewed by Gillian Fox as part of her 3 Principles Conversations around the world. We talked about the deeper aspects of the 3 Principles coaching and mentoring that I work with, as well as...

Bad Mummy!

There is an unsaid “thing”, a lurking monster, green and slimey that appears to have broken free of the story books and is rampaging through society at large. Its name is “Bad Mummy”. More and more mothers appear to have been attacked by this beast, and are wandering the planet seriously believing that not just their parenting is bad, but they themselves are...

Should we let children be so honest?

Missy M and I were looking out of the bus window. I noticed a lady with a rather funky coat and long skirt, and wanted to point it out to Missy M. Which lady Mummy? The fat one? I hadn’t even registered it, but the lady was a little on the large...

Key to tantrums and meltdowns

Once upon a time, a father did an amazing thing for his son….. His son was a huge Iron Man fan. His dad pulled a ton of strings and found a way for his son to meet Robert Downey Jr. Wow, this is going to be...

I’m sorry

Missy M and I had a bit of a fight this morning. The only way I got her out the front door was under my arm. She was screaming that she wanted a pretty t-shirt. I was answering that it was 5 degrees outside and her Kindergarten would be spending time in the woods...

Is Blue Monday real?

Today, apparently, is Blue Monday! Blue Monday was originally identified in 2005 by academic Cliff Arnall, who thought it fell on the last full week of January, although web analysis shows it is today! Hurrah! Arnall believed that the combination of the weather, debt, post-Christmas over-the-belt bulge, and post-christmas...

Stress Free Christmas

I had the absolute pleasure of speaking to a group of warm, funny, lovely mums, just north of Zurich this week. The topic of my talk was Stress and Christmas. I thought the topic so relevant, and hopefully useful, that I decided to share it here with you.…

At the School gates: Bad Behaviour, being rude and losing connection

Here is something I have been pondering awhile: Why, when I collect Missy M from Kindergarten can she be rude, abrupt and a little weird/ cold? Then I got it. We needed to re-establish our connection to one another. We are apart from one another, life  happens, and we both need a little time to feel our connection to each other, to get back into each other’s...

Why are you still scared?

Mummy, why are you still scared? This almost made me stop in my tracks. I say “almost” as we were crossing the road at a busy bus station, so stopping would have been a rather bad plan, but it made my thinking stop dead in its...

Seeing my own reflection

A friend of mine’s son has been absent from Kindergarten this week. It turns out a regular operation to remove his tonsils went sideways. All is well now with the child; he is bouncing around and smiling. That’s what most children do – they bounce right back with a...

Devil on my shoulder

It is the school holidays in Switzerland and I have had far too much exposure to children’s cartoons. Really. Way toooooo much. I was having a wonderful session with a client today and we were talking about the beautiful role that wisdom plays in our lives, when the most extra-ordinary image popped into my head:     We talked about how wisdom is around us all the time, whispering in our ear, and potentially guiding us for our entire...

Lessons from Shadow Art

It has been a mellow morning, helped along by a blast of excellent weather that makes everything look so good. On the way back from Kindergarten this morning, we stopped to draw around the shadows that the trees were casting onto the pavement.…

Getting out the door: Back to school chaos!

Back to school and back to the morning battle, and one of THE parenting questions I get asked: how do I get my children out of the door – on-time? As soon as playgroup started, the battles started in our household around the front...
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