Category Archives: Family

Only in your sleep

Sleeping child

As I lean in to kiss your cheek, you turn away.  You shy away from touch and hate to be kissed by anyone.  But that’s only when you’re awake.     Peacefully, you sleep.  I wait for the moment when your breathing is more regular and the Sandman has swept you off to the land…

Soak up the serenity


It’s late at night and the children are in bed.  I can hear their soft snores as they drift in and out of a deep sleep.  Sometimes they stir and I sneak in to plant a warm kiss on their forehead or pat their backs for a while. It’s not long before peace is restored….

When times are tough, you know who your friends are


Note: this was written a week ago, and has sat in my overflowing drafts folder waiting for me to decide whether or not to hit ‘publish’.  There are many posts in draft form, that will never see the light of day.  I know some other bloggers can relate to that…   Things have been quite…

New beginnings. Otherwise entitled: why I’m like my puppy


  We have a beautiful dog in our family named Bronte.  She was rescued from a puppy farm where she was shaved so short she was red from sunburn.  Her head had a large sore on it and although I wasn’t really interested in a small dog, I couldn’t leave her.  So, she came home…

Fake it ’til you make it!

A rare moment of peace

I have a confession to make. *shhhh* Don’t tell anyone. Ok, you ready? I have no idea what I’m doing in this parenting gig! There, I’ve said it.  Now that it’s out there, I feel better already. Every morning I wake to find two spirited little humans looking to me for food, entertainment, knowledge. Why…

Blogging is a strange beast


“Why do you blog?” is a question I’m often asked.  It’s not just about using this digital space as a cheap form of therapy; there are wider opportunities.  Blogging is not only about sharing your roller coaster of a life online; sometimes there is the chance to help others. Today I’m going to tell you…

Turning the tables on homophobia – All You Need Is Love

marriage equality

I stumbled across this video thanks to a Facebook friend.  It’s 20 minutes long, but one of the best short films I’ve ever seen. Take the time to watch it. All you need is love. This is what homophobia would look like if the tables were turned. Powerful, powerful thoughts.     It gives a…

Mean children grow up to be mean adults


Walking down the street, they were sniggering and turning around to look at us.  They would take turns giggling then look back at their group.  The next one would say something and another would spin their head and stare straight at us and laugh. This is what happened recently when I was walking down the…

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