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Resolutions in 2017? Read this.

By |2017-07-09T18:49:29+10:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: Goal Setting, Motivation|Tags: , , , |

Yesterday, I cleaned out my closet. It was 37 degrees Celsius even in the shade, and as I mulled over my winter clothes, it was hard to imagine ever feeling chilly. Yet, I will not discard all my winter clothes, because I know that the cooler weather will come. As it does every year. As [...]

Avoiding burnout when you’re an activist

By |2017-07-09T18:49:29+10:00December 19th, 2016|Categories: Activism, Mental Health, Stress management, Veganism|Tags: , , , , |

Disclaimer: this article specifically addresses vegan activism, although the points here are relevant to all forms of activism - whether animal liberation, gender equality, same sex marriage, or any of the myriad causes towards which we can lend ourselves. Activism is stressful. Whether it's attending protest rallies, rescuing abandoned animals, or capturing footage of terrified [...]

Why everybody hates vegans

By |2017-07-09T18:49:30+10:00November 30th, 2016|Categories: Mindset, Motivation, Personal Development, Veganism|Tags: , , , , , , |

Vegans are hungry. They're hungry for the things that aren't easily found in today's world. Justice. Equality. Compassion. Peace. Why does everybody hate vegans? Because they remind us of what's possible. Vegans have the ultimate motivation, inspiration, and willpower. They have the fortitude to stick to their convictions, no matter how much mockery, ridicule, humiliation, [...]

No, our kids are not ok

By |2017-07-09T18:49:30+10:00November 24th, 2016|Categories: Behaviour, Children, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , |

"You're ok". We need to delete this phrase from our parenting vocabulary. Picture this: A young child, contentedly playing at a park. He falls over. He cries. He runs to his parent. And his parent utters the words "you're ok". I get why we do this. We, with our mature brains and capacity for insight, [...]

Hope in a world of despair

By |2017-07-09T18:49:30+10:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

(Image reproduced with permission from Kelsey V Photography) Hope. It somehow seems unrealistic, ignorant, and perhaps even unnervingly optimistic, to "hope", these days. Despair is far more rational, in a world that's rife with suffering. Poverty, animal exploitation, environmental degradation - not to mention, our own prejudices within our own species, against those with a [...]

Are we all getting sucked into the Mummy Wars?

By |2017-07-09T18:49:30+10:00October 6th, 2016|Categories: Bullying, Maternal health, Parenting, Personal Development, Stress management|Tags: , , , , , , |

I'm tired of the Mummy Wars. And I know I'm not alone. I've spoken with countless mothers who have expressed, in some way, their disgust at the shaming and blaming that goes on within parenting communities. Particularly online, it seems. In fact, the Mummy Wars seem to be at their worst online - due to [...]

Sensory sensitivity: Coping with meltdowns

By |2017-07-09T18:49:30+10:00October 1st, 2016|Categories: Behaviour, Early development, Parenting|Tags: , , , |

There's a range of developmental challenges that young kids can face, and sensory sensitivity is just one of them. Sensory sensitivity can include any one (or several) of the following: hyper- or hypo-sensitivity to sound, light, pain, touch, pressure, texture, temperature, taste, and smell. I'm often asked about behaviour management in these kids, and whether [...]

Positive parenting. Are we just rewarding kids for bad behaviour?

By |2017-07-09T18:49:30+10:00September 21st, 2016|Categories: Children, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , |

The style of parenting I promote has many names - gentle parenting, peaceful parenting, and positive parenting. Semantics aside, what these styles have in common is responsiveness - to ourselves as well as our children. Responsive parenting reflects not only our own practices, but also the type of relationship we wish to have with our [...]

Parenting sucks. And that’s a good thing.

By |2017-07-09T18:49:30+10:00September 13th, 2016|Categories: Children, Happiness, Maternal health, Mental Health, Parenting, Stress management|Tags: , , , , , , |

It's not just sometimes, either. The sucky moments can come in thick and fast. We get stressed, angry, or frustrated. Or maybe the kids do. They act up. We act up. We feel guilty. And on it goes. But, all of this is countered by the beautiful, glorious parenting moments. Those times when we feel at [...]

Five ways to help little kids with big feelings

By |2017-07-09T18:49:30+10:00September 5th, 2016|Categories: Children, Maternal health, Mental Health, Parenting, Stress management|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Little kids experience lots of big feelings, like anger, frustration, overwhelm, worry, and sadness. On the inside, these feeling are uncomfortable and often scary. On the outside, they tend to manifest in the same way - crying, screaming, throwing, kicking, etc. Little kids feel emotions just as we do, but they don't have the insight [...]