How do societal norms influence motherhood?

The influence of societal norms on motherhood is expansive. But first, what are societal norms? Societal norms are unwritten rules about how to behave. For example, as children we are taught to have good manners, to be polite to others, to eat with knives and forks and to wear clean clothes; these are societal norms….

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Minimalism when life is challenging

Minimalism probably doesn’t seem as though it can fix all of the problems in the world, but it helps me immensely. By regularly considering my own values and beliefs, and the things that are important to me, I can alleviate some of my stress and worry. Modern life is challenging for most, and the concept…

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Learning to share more openly and freely

Although I was born in 1983 and fall on the cusp of Generation Y (ick!), I don’t really identify with the sharing culture. As I’ve grown older, I’ve gravitated towards sharing less, trying to keep parts of myself, just for myself. But on the other hand, so many times I’ve shared a story, and many…

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Why I dislike using the word ‘behavioural’

There is something about the word ‘behavioural’ that really irks me. For so long, I have had specialists and health professionals tell me that Ripley’s sleep issues are ‘behavioural’. Apart from some of it actually being completely normal (see the link to some studies), there is also a view that I am gradually becoming more…

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Setbacks and temporary obstacles

Life happens, doesn’t it? This past week we have had illnesses in our house, first gastro and then Ripley got a bad case of croup. He is on the mend now but these types of situations play havoc with our lives. Of course, the biggest issue is that kids cannot sleep when they feel sick…

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Are you living an intentional life?

One of the hardest things as a parent is knowing that you set the first example of how to live to your children. I’m not sure how other parents think, or what they think about, but I am often reflecting on the ways our lives set us up to be parents. Whether you were part…

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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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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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