Lessons as a parent: Why I’m aiming to raise, rather than project manage, my children

Shifting back to raising kids, rather than project managing them: I’d treated my life, my family’s and most particularly, my children’s lives, as a series of projects. So much so, I was not only treating the activities, interests, external aspects my kids were involved in as projects – I’ve ended up managing my kids as if they are projects too.  … More Lessons as a parent: Why I’m aiming to raise, rather than project manage, my children

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It’s not all bad: Parenting through a team defeat (the AFL edition)

My reflections after a closely fought AFL Grand Final. Sometimes we want to protect our kids from disappointment (even when it comes to loses from their team). But there is much to be gained from learning to accept lose – plus learning, as a parent, that we don’t have to solve all our kids ‘problems’. … More It’s not all bad: Parenting through a team defeat (the AFL edition)

My top three reasons we all need a mini break every now and then

Two weeks ago, I’d just arrived at my long weekend destination. My family were off on their annual Dads’ and kids’ camping weekend with long term friends and, this year, I decided, unlike previous years, I’d also go away – by myself. Other times, I’ve used these weekends without the family to complete actions on … More My top three reasons we all need a mini break every now and then

Getting stuff done, enjoying the journey and remembering the destination – is it possible to do it all?

When life is busy or transitioning into a different stage, it’s easy to focus on the next step only – one foot after the other. But how do you avoid getting lost in the details and forget the bigger picture – namely, life is to be lived, not just survived? … More Getting stuff done, enjoying the journey and remembering the destination – is it possible to do it all?

School holidays end and new adventures begin

Hello again! I’m back for a new year, which, by rights, feels as though it is starting properly now. It’s February. School holidays are over, the kids are back at school, routines are starting to be re-established, and we’re now looking forward. Hello, 2018, here we come! Before it’s lost completely, I don’t want to … More School holidays end and new adventures begin