I am enough

Since my Ripley was born it has been 2 years, 3.5 months of waking every 1-2 hours. Sometimes I lose count of how many times I wake and other times I’m excited because it was only 3 times in a night. We have never had more than 5-6 hours of uninterrupted sleep since he was…

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Failing to be a minimalist

I am in a few minimalism groups on Facebook and also regularly talk to other people about minimalism, other mothers, family members or friends. I often hear the phrase ‘I want to be a minimalist’. There is no doubt that there is a prevalent view on what minimalism is, and it is heavily associated with…

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Giving yourself permission

One thing I think many women struggle with is permission to let go of things they don’t want, like or need. Many of us were brought up with parents who accumulated a lot of stuff and those parents have often kept ‘everything’ from your childhood so your children can one day play with it too….

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I need to let it go

After two long years of trying to “fix” Ripley’s sleep issues, I am going to give up. Even just writing that is tough. I’m not going to throw in the towel on motherhood but enough is enough. I care for him 24/7 and give more to him than I have to give.  Yes, he has…

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Taking back motherhood and every day life

More. Defined as ‘something more than she expected’ or greater than what is already. A concept so prevalent in our society, a concept that defines our choices and our thoughts. But why? Mothers with young children are particularly vulnerable to the concept of ‘more’. My facebook feed is full of posts from mothers in groups…

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Bringing minimalism to life

Practicing minimalism is helpful for me as a mother as it allows me the space to play with my child, to reduce the amount of time I spend cleaning or organising and most importantly for me, it reduces the stress I feel from a busy life.   However, items invariably start stacking up again in…

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Knowing how to proceed

One of the most difficult challenges in my life at the moment is managing Ripley’s medical and allied health appointments. He has many people involved in his care: GP, Paediatrician, Allergist, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist for Feeding, Speech Therapist for Language, Gastroenterologist, Dietician and Haematologist. Beyond the obvious difficulty in managing our time and…

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Why a minimalist approach to toys will help your children

Everyone remembers the Mastercard ad with the baby playing with the cardboard box. I always thought it was an astonishing admission for a credit card company but nevertheless, society has not received the message that children need very little. There are countless articles and books on the topic of toys with many agreeing that ‘less…

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Vygotsky and parenting

At the moment in my Masters course I’m learning about educational theory. I know a lot of parents don’t think education and parenting have all that much in common but I really have to disagree. Theories abound about child development and learning but there is one particular theorist, Vygotsky, who talks about the Zone of…

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