5 ideas to prepare kids for school

When my children were younger and I was helping them prepare for the start of the new school year, I noticed a trend developing.  The emotions they felt and those expressed by their peers parents were the same at the start of a new term. […]

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Three ways to take the first step

At the beginning of 2018, so many thoughts enter my mind but it’s this one sentence that sticks in my head.  “Last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.”  It was TS Elliot who penned that phrase and […]

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Parenting in RealLife: Ministry Version

Dear Friends, I’ve written a blog post on A Life Overseas and copied the link here for you to read along.  This website is a great resource for missionaries on the field.  Click on the link below to read the full story.   Parenting in […]

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One word to live by

Over the past two years, I have accepted  the challenge of thinking about the “One Word” that I would like to live by and allow it to shape my life for that year.  Looking back, I have realised how difficult that can be.  Two years […]

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Living joyfully

What joy and smile it brings to see a child hugging their mother. Or a young rose in bloom or the smell of freshly cut lawn. What joy it brings to feel loved and to love. It lightens the soul and heals the heart. We […]

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Serve your children your best

Our family is a ‘foodie’ family.  We love experimenting with new tastes and flavours.  When you serve a meal, you would normally serve the best to your guests, right? You don’t give them the scraped parts at the bottom of the pan.  When we parent […]

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Don’t stop praying for your children

Prayer is something beautiful.  Prayer is what we do in the secret place and prayer is essential.  We know our children by talking to them and spending time with them.  Prayer is a lot like that.  We get to know God by talking to Him […]

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Healthy online thoughts for parents (part 2)

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and talking around screen time, social media and various online activities. I don’t think we realised the effect that the internet would have on lives when it entered our lives.  These days we all have to navigate new […]

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Healthy Social Media Thoughts (Part 1)

Our children have grown up with technology.  And, technology has evolved at such a rapid rate that they never ever knew life with out it.  I think that for my gran one of the biggest inventions of her time was the motorcar, for my mother […]

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Babies, teenagers & time

Recently, one of my friends gave birth to a baby girl. She and her husband were a little anxious about the arrival of this new life. You see they work in a cross cultural environment, one where girls are not as highly valued as boys.  […]

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