A moment of choice

Our daughter went to boarding school in England when she was 10 going on 11. There, she was bullied for a number of years. Not interested in clothes, make-up or boys, she was marginalised and attributed with being either ‘weird’ or \'gay\'. The fact that she was small in stature, wore glasses and was Chinese didn’t help. Her lack of aptitude in sports, dislike of teams...
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A mother's intuition

We’ve all heard the expression a ‘mother’s intuition’ and typically we understand this to mean that a mother ‘knows’ when something is amiss. What I’ve learned is that it’s one thing to hear our intuition, it can be quite another to find the courage to act on it. So…what d\'you do if your intuition tells...
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Taking care of diamonds - our children

Most parents say that parenting is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world – and it can be one of the toughest. It doesn’t come with an instruction manual! Caring for a child who is ‘different’, who has \'difficulties\', an illness, perhaps anorexia or depression, can bring particular challenges... and gifts.</...
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Speaking up

The key to any relationship, personal or professional, is to be our self and be able manage any differences. ‘Be all things unto all men’ encourages us to be seen for who we are so that people recognise who we are and the calibre of what we offer. It’s about having boundaries that enable others to be as respectful...
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Conflict - or - opportunity to understand?

What is your pattern when it comes to managing differences with others?  Do you … tend to stand your ground and blame the other do everything to avoid conflict look for a compromisesee an opportunity to clarify and understand the other more, to collaborate and come up with a creative sol...
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Finding a way - when the children leave home

Children leave home for different reasons - to go to boarding school or university, to live with a partner, to live independently, perhaps even to escape mum and dad. Most of us long to see our children happy, independent, confident yet when the day comes that they leave home… we may struggle. For women, we might relis...
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Finding peace... at the end of a relationship

When a relationship comes to an end and it’s not what we want, we may try to fight it. However, if our partner is clear that it’s not what they want, then at some point we need to accept that this is how it is. We need to find resolution within our self. How do we find peace? That is perhaps a question for our heart ...
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Finding a way ...through divorce

You feel exhausted, you don’t know what to do next, you just want to find a way out of the chaos. Your partner has just announced they no longer want to stay in your relationship. You don’t know how you will ever survive alone. You’ve lost your sense of identity – you don’t know who you are anymore - you\'re all at sea. <!-- wp:paragrap...
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Finding a way ... through infertility

Many things can put stress on our relationships – illness, infidelity, financial problems, infertility to name a few. The struggle to have a baby can come as a shock. You assume it will happen, you think you can choose the time to have a baby, then… nothing. It’s perhaps ironic that our body is probably at its most...
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Change in relationships

D’you struggle with relationships? D’you have great relationships with some and not with others? D’you ever give any attention t...
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