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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How I deal with negative thoughts

As a relative newcomer to understanding myself truly, I still get caught up at times in negative thoughts when someone comments on a particular choice of mine. I’m studying a Masters of Teaching at the moment but my desire is to take this knowledge and apply it broadly to education, society, community, parents and more….

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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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Social media and its dangers

I’ve decided to take a break from Facebook and most of my social media due to the impact it was having on my stress levels and also my productivity. I am absolutely snowed with university work so the blog is going to take a back seat. Hope to be back soon! Minimalism and intentional living…

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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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