We have five children whose ages range from 25 down to 11 years old. Normally, in any one day we’re building dens, steering through the teenage conundrums, catching up with our Uni-students and encouraging their various ventures and adventures.
However, it's lockdown, so something has happened that we could never have envisigaed - we're full nesters again, and loving it.
Our eldest (a Spanish teacher) is Zooming lessons from the lounge and selling his enormous range of vintage football tops which have overtaken parts of the landing. Our next is at dance school and she Zooms her tap, ballet, singing et al at the church hall. Mr. Lower 6th is managing his school career through headphones, the film maker is in the middle of an animation and our schoolie is doing his home-ed. And there is a competitive game of four square that takes up all the margins.  
As a parenting consultant (encourager), I'm constantly impressed by parents who want to learn, grow and be the best they can be, even when the days are tough. I hope my blogs encourage you too. And do pop across to my podcast for encouragement and inspiration. See you there!


7 Jul 2020

Hi friends,

This week I'm thrilled to introduce guest-blogger,

Caroline Kelly.

Caroline is an accredited, experienced and qualified counsellor for teenagers, young people and their families.

She has experience in a range of mental health conditions such a...

1 Jul 2020

We are all different

We all have our strengths and our weaknesses. It's so helpful to find tools that help you to know yourself better.  The more self aware we are, the easier we are to be around.

I took a little online test on a website called 5Voices...

1 Jul 2020

Home Educating is a courageous move, especially if you didn’t choose it – but lockdown landed it on you! This show helps with strategies to boost self-esteem, help with transition, encourage kids to be self-starters and how to hold your nerve when you’re f...

22 Jun 2020

To feel like you belong

you need to feel

your contribution is valued

After food, shelter and warmth on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, there is belonging, acceptance and significance.

The highs and lows of social media are about belonging – include me, affirm me,...

29 Mar 2020

Resources for Home Educating

Here are some resources which are free (unless specified) during the lockdown. Though some are free at all times.

It’s not exhaustive by any means, and doesn’t include obvious ones like BBC Bitesize, but it’s a few faves from the...

26 Feb 2019

Anger is a normal emotion. It's ok!

What we do with our anger isn't always ok.

Does your child ever have outbursts? Do they simmer? hold anger? Or tip it all over everyone?

As parents we are well intentioned - always looking for the best way forward for our c...

8 Jan 2019

Happy New Year!

No matter what your new year hopes, dreams or aspirations are (even if you haven't articulated them you've probably got some hopes), there's one thing that is lurking, ready to undermine anything we might be trying to achieve and it comes fr...

2 Oct 2018

"Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever."  Keri Russell, Actress

Kids love to have a bit of control. As a child, or a tween or a teen, they need to feel like there's some wiggle room in their life.  We on the other hand are...

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