The Challenges of Raising a Child Who’s Different

My son has a diagnosis, and that affects our family, in small ways and in big ways. He’s a wonderful kid, and he brings challenges with him that have so much become part of my daily life, that I sometimes forget to factor in how much energy they take to deal with. That’s why I wrote this post, to clarify it to myself, and to show you a sliver of what is often invisible from the outside in.

8 Years of Riddle-Solving

All children have their quirks, but in my son’s case, much of his life is filled with riddles. Riddles we try to solve, together, so that both him and the world around him become less puzzling.

Do I Push My Kids Or Just Let Them Be?

As a parent, you run into a million challenges and questions by the time your child turns one. Whether or how much to push them on certain things is one of those questions I struggle with on a daily basis.

What the Past 10 Years Taught me About Mothers, With or Without Children

Today my daughter turns 10. This marks 10 years of being a mother, though I realise that this is a much more flexible state of being than I always thought, and that it is much more related to my state of being than the children I have…

Defaulting to a ‘No’ or ‘Yes’ as a Parent

As parents, we are often quick to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to a child’s request. We often default to one or the other, depending on who we are and depending on which kid. But what if we took our time to answer their requests?

How My Labels Help Me Love Myself Better

Labels are a dubble-edged sword: they can stigmatise and at the same time set you free. For me, it was the latter more so than the first…

9 Modern Values Taught by Harry Potter

I’ve finally finished reading the last of the Harry Potter books to my children. It took us about a year. Over the months, I got to fall in love with them all over again, and saw my kids do the same. As a parent, I actually really liked the wisdom hidden in its pages.

When Children Fight, How Can You Help?

Even kids who are really close friends (especially kids who are really close friends) sometimes butt heads. Is there something you can do as a parent when that happens? And what works and doesn’t work? Here are some pointers from our own experience!