Mason has just turned one and I can’t believe how quickly the past year has flown
I have written before on the delights of becoming a grandmother and how it was like falling in love again. See posts New love and More new love. The family is growing and roles are shifting. I am honoured to watch my children morph into adults parents aunts and uncles.
I seem to move a little slower now. While the parents of the babies run around parenting I can drift along and smell the roses, build the sandcastles and hunt for ladybugs with the little ones.
The past year does seem to have flown by but on the other hand so much has happened. The babies have grown into toddlers, my career move back to Midwifery has been a happy one, trips have been taken, gardens grown and quilts sewn.
The birth of my grand babies are the most wonderful of life memories etched forever in my heart but now there are new chapters to enjoy such as first steps, learning to speak, family holidays and birthdays.
Turning one is a big deal.
I am not sure Mason will remember his first birthday party but the family sure will. There were cousins and friends, balloons and bubbles, a pinata and presents and of course cake! Oh the cake.
Barely a grain of sugar has crossed my grandchildren’s lips and for this they are blessed. Mason had his first taste of cake on his birthday and it was quite the hit!
Protective Behaviours can be used by children, young people and adults to help keep themselves safe and work towards reducing violence in the community.
Protective Behaviours Australia
Anyone who follows me on facebook will have noticed me posting links from Protective Behaviours Australia, a personal safety program education and empowering people to be safe in our community.
Violence against women and children is a topic close to me heart and soul and I make no apologies for my zealous contribution to making society safer for women and children.
I love the posts by Protective Behaviours Australia and will continue to share them. Here is a bit about the organisation.
Protective Behaviours Mission
… is to reduce the incidence of abuse and violence in the community through empowerment and education.
The two Central Themes of Protective Behaviours are:
Safety, in the context of Protective Behaviours, identifies how a person feels when they are safe and how they recognise that safety. This skill is important as it enables a person to identify when they may be feeling unsafe. Safety is defined by the individual.
Check out the PBA website here.
Protective Behaviour state by state
Protective Behaviours News and Events
All the fun without the daily responsibility.
The blessing of being a grandparent.
Something magical happens when parents turn into grandparents. I would say becoming a grandparent has been like falling in love again. Continue reading “Being a grandparent. Falling in love again.”
When we are stuffed up our emotional stuff is coming up.
2 weeks have passed since I decided to quit my job
I described the decision back then as an elite form of self care and that has proven truer each and every day. My mental health has returned to almost normal, whatever the hell that is. Let’s just say I am back to my baseline and the effect was rapid. Continue reading “Quitting: How I feel 2 weeks later”
Your primary job as a parent is to prepare your child for how the world really works.
Dr Phil on spoiling your children
Whatever you think of American celebrity Psychologist Dr Phil. His influence and popularity cannot be denied.I am personally a fan because of his no nonsense attitude and zero tolerance for bullshit and sugar coating.
Continue reading “Dr Phil on spoiling your children”
Parenting is a continuous series of decisions you must make for your child.
Instincts don’t lie. They are your soul talking, your inner voice and they are the reason you should ignore parenting advice. Including mine. Continue reading “Trust your instincts: Why you should ignore parenting advice.”
I often inwardly groaned when friends would share their Grandies latest achievements. Now I gloat with equal enthusiasm.
How can we love another as much as the first?
When my first child was born I could not comprehend how I could love another baby as much as this one, a deeply as this one, as completely.
Continue reading “New Love”
Newsflash women. Our partner cannot read our mind.
Parenting, the first 2 weeks
This information is useful for anyone who is just about to have a baby, has had one, or knows someone who has. There is so much we can do to help.
Continue reading “What can I do to help: Part 1”
Parenting with consistency is often easier said than done.