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!


4 Aug 2020

Sometimes the hardest part about raising children is keeping our own relationship in good shape whilst there are so many needs of the children to meet.

I love this pic of Pete and Margy Wakefield.  Margy is my guest on the podcast this week.  And this is wh...

28 Jul 2020

I remember having an 'Aha' moment some years ago when trying to work out one of my children.

Why do our children suddenly 'lose it'?

He was happy in company, happy to play, integrate and hang out with the family and then all of a sudden, he'd melt down. Ther...

21 Jul 2020

Last week we looked at the different apps and traps that we need to be aware of whilst our children are foraging on-line.

This week I’m going to share ideas on how to manage the boundaries without conflict and also, how we can build trust with our children....

14 Jul 2020

All the topics on the blog are covered in my podcast; the courageous Mumma

for you to hear in audio. See you there. 

Social Media

This is one of the subjects I am most commonly asked about.  It's a great topic to look at because not only do we get a chance to...

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...

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