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Control, Let It Go

Control. Deny it all I like,  there’s a significant part of me that likes to have control. Eek, that’s not so easy to admit. Control, at least it’s negative aspects, is a pretty ugly word. I remember days gone by when I was all carefree, super chilled and pretty relaxed about practically everything. I thought that’s how I was anyway. …

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Finding Joy Amidst The Daily Grind

Some days my heart feels heavy. I feel the weight of daily tasks. I’m not talking about when I have lots of chores, errands or appointments. Some days it’s just the simple, repetitive things that weigh me down. A part of me feels like this is absurd because deep down I’m always incredibly thankful for my life, my health and …

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Mama Guilt

Mama guilt. It’s the worst. I’m learning that it takes a significant amount of intentional thinking and some very deliberate actions to reject it. There are days when I feel this ridiculous guilt – completely misplaced, unconstructive guilt – for things like not going to parks every day or sewing with my five year old or for not doing more …

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Your Voice Becomes Their Inner Voice

The first time I heard someone say “your voice will become their inner voice” I didn’t fully comprehend the truth and weight of the statement. It sounded a little full on and I personally felt an added pressure to this already incredibly hard parenting gig. However,  I started noticing my own internal voice…. It’s tone was a little harsh,  critical …

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This is it: How I Became an Attachment Parent

My mum once told me she thinks parents today research too much. I respectfully disagreed with her. I don’t think most parents research enough. I read and research about parenting A LOT, more than anything else. After my daughter was born I realized this was going to be the most important job of my life. This. This is it.

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Trust Those Instincts, Mama

When our eldest daughter was born five years ago, I wish someone – anyone – had said to trust my instincts. To go with my heart. Instead, maternal health nurses, well meaning friends, family and random strangers, all had a zillion different pieces of advice. Overwhelming much?!  Exactly. Being a first time mum, a big part of me felt like …

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Is there another way?

When my daughter was born, she liked to be held. We spent her newborn days snuggling in bed. Eventually we would get up and snuggle on the couch. After a couple of months I learned how to wrap her so I could carry her around for walks and around the house. It was lovely, but it didn’t leave me much …

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Born To Fly

Growing up, I wanted to be a chef. A journalist. A teacher. A children’s book author. A missionary. A world traveler. An actor. A doctor. I wanted to start an orphanage. Design a clothing line. Save the whales. Save the planet. Growing up, I believed that I could do these things and be successful, but I never tried them. I …