Community and why we need to stop making like we’re penguins

Community parenting

I’ve just come back from a holiday with lots of other families.  Because we are all sharing the same space, we start our time together with a meeting where we work out the ground rules we are going to use to co-exist with each other and each other’s children.

We decide on bed … Read more


Ambition

I’ve always been really focused and success driven. 2 MAs, 1 degree, 2 post grad certs and 1 PhD attest to a life spent achieving.

  • What are your biggest achievements?

But I’ve lost my mojo.

I’ve got half a book written, an audio course on divorce good to go…but my drive to get on with … Read more


Independence, compromise and collaboration

Spring has come which is why the rainbows are visiting our early morning wall paper..beautiful.

I don’t know if you have this in your relationships, especially with your significant others, but we seem to struggle with getting the balance right between what each of individually needs and what the group called ‘family’ needs.

When we … Read more


Bereavement and Sadness at Christmas

Christmas is always mixed for me.

  • How was it for you?
  • How did you feel?

I love seeing the kids open their presents (we got it right this year – phew) and I like having time to see friends.

I also feel sad at Christmas because it isn’t in a semi-detached house in Kent with … Read more


Rituals

Christmas is a ritual. The winter solstice is a ritual. New Year is a ritual.

  • • What do you think of when you hear the word ‘ritual’?
    • Which rituals have you been involved in during your life?

Many of us won’t be aware of our first ritual; how our birth was marked. Some people … Read more


Kids can be good for your career

I’ve spent the day with two lovely women.  One a make up artist and one a photographer.

All of us work part time and/or run our own businesses.

We all started to do this when we had our kids.  Before that we had all worked full time, doing the career woman bit.

I think that … Read more


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