June 2014 archive

The loom bracelet that saved the game…


Last night, there was an almighty battle between two arch rival teams in the game of AFL. Collingwood vs Carlton. Always packs out the ground, (except for last night because the game was at the odd time of 7.10 and it was raining and bitterly cold!), as they are two of the biggest teams in the AFL. As with most teams, their fans are fanatical, and bitter enemies until the end. (Except for my little girl who at the age of three went along to such a game wearing a Collingwood jumper, as we barrack for Collingwood, but waving a Carlton flag, as her cousins barrack for Carlton!) (more…)

Are schools branding our kids?


A close friend of mine, told me that her son had been taken out of class to meet with the school counsellor, without her knowledge. Her son had been retaliating lately, to other children hurting him physically and verbally. He is a beautiful boy, who is very often misunderstood. He beats to his own drum and has a wonderful, creative imagination that thinks outside the box, on a wavelength not explored by the average child. He is artistic, sensitive, fun and one of the best climbers I have ever seen in my life! Move over spiderman! He doesn’t fit in with the “norm”, and why should he? (more…)

Sometimes, it’s ok to end it…


How many times have you found yourself in a relationship that was just no good for you? You are attracted to this person for all the wrong reasons, your heart is telling you one thing but your head is screaming at you that the relationship is doing you more harm than good. But still, you can’t leave it behind. Unfortunately, it’s a common trait of human nature that can happen not only in relationships, but also in friendships. (more…)

Self Acceptance… It’s Possible!

Photo Credit: Atiim Jones Photography

Totally self absorbed in the madness of getting lunches ready and juggling 55,000 other things that had to get done before school and work this morning, I heard a news article being featured on the morning show, on the TV in the background. It spoke about a 19 year old girl, who shared a photo of herself (that’s her in the photo above), cellulite and all, and stated that she loved it! It caught my attention because it was real. (more…)

Mother/Son Night …


Last night at my son’s high school, we had a “Mother/Son Night”. It was beautiful. It was all about reconnecting with our sons as they make the transition from primary school to high school. I looked around the room and saw how the speakers’ words provoked all sorts of emotions in the faces of the mums around me, who were feeling exactly the same as me. I had come to realise that this is a time of wanting to hold on so tight, but knowing that we have to start letting go, just a little bit, as our boys start to grow up into fine young men.

The kids had to bring something that would remind their mum about their childhood, but were not allowed to tell us what it was. So, my boy secretly went upstairs, hunted around until he found what it was he was looking for, and smuggled it into his backpack. Read more…

Bullying… What you can do.

Be proud

There are many different forms of bullying. Generally, bullying can be grouped into the following categories:

  • Verbal – name calling, gossiping about someone, criticising or spreading rumours
  • Emotional – threatening, intimidating someone, putting someone down
  • Exclusion – ignoring or isolating someone
  • Physical – hurting someone physically, and or destroying their property
  • Cyberbullying – using technology to hurt someone emotionally via text messages, pictures, and other social media sites.

Whatever the type of bullying, it is wrong. Bullying involves hurtful behaviour which is repeated over again. It can happen anywhere, anytime, and the consequences can be devastating. Read more…