How to be a calm in challenging situations

How to be a calm in challenging situations

We’ve all had parenting situations where one seemingly small thing has turned into something bigger than Ben Hur, creating stress, a foul mood and sometimes saying things we later regret. In this episode, learn how to nip parental stress in the bud so that you can respond to situations in a healthier, more positive way.     The thing we love the most is hearing from our fabulous community. Some of the greatest insights come directly from you. Leave a comment...
Our Very First Weekend Retreat

Our Very First Weekend Retreat

And what a weekend it was. This first retreat set about guiding mums to learn the art of making space in their mind to be able to follow the energy of their children and life in general. The result? More fun! As a family we believe and have proven, that the more you can do this, the more you thrive and because you become the ultimate role model, the more your children thrive. Everybody wins. And 8 more mums are now putting this theory to the test and I cannot wait to hear the results! And because we recognised that a weekend alone is rare and cannot be wasted, we made sure there was some relaxation, cake, giggles and even a takeaway dinner! Take a look at some of the action! Mums enjoying a luxurious Arbonne facial with Sal Wiseman   Ahh…the wet feet! Lunchtime soak anyone?   How did the Mind Retreat benefit mums? Through open and candid discussion in a relaxed and non-judgmental atmosphere, the mums were able to explore their emotions and begin to lay down a foundation for unshakeable self-esteem and self-worth and build a structure by which to communicate confidently. And to be able to leave the Retreat feeling empowered and prepared to approach difficult situations with husband, family, children, work colleagues, by having worked through new and healthy ways to think and feel, they were ready to make lasting changes for the better, a reality. Wow. All from a weekend with hoogi.   Yoga with the gorgeous Lou from Footsteps   And here is what some of the mums had to say afterwards: RW, Working...
Speaking Up For Yourself

Speaking Up For Yourself

I had an interesting experience on a night out last night. I ordered a cocktail that I later realised had an incorrect ingredient in it. I had drank most of but didn’t enjoy it and then knew why – because someone had put apple juice into the container for the coconut/lime/mint juice and mixed that into my cocktail by mistake. In my mind, I was clear – I had ordered and paid for a cocktail. The ingredients were incorrect and therefore it was the bar tenders responsibility to correct it to what was ordered and paid for. Sounds simple doesn’t it. And yet why is it, often the most simple things, like sending an order back can be the most difficult to do? I really understand why now.. There was a time when I would have felt embarrassed to go up and ask for something to be corrected. I distinctly remember a time at a restaurant in Melbourne, the wine tasted like it had gone off and in fact, it turned out that it had.  I said to myself, ”I don’t want to be a nuisance” “it’s ok – I’ll just drink it, that’ll be easier and safer than saying anything and embarrassing myself” “what will the waiter think of me if I go up and ask for it to be replaced?” “Why would he do that for me?” And the list would go and so I sat there and forced myself to drink it and not speak up for myself.  Fortunately, someone else did speak up and it was replaced. Upon reflection this mind chatter was so disempowering!...
A Mother’s Day Poem I have written for you…

A Mother’s Day Poem I have written for you…

THE THRIVING MUM A mother has a unique gift One that is unsurpassed, unrequited and unrepeatable by another. Your role, your privilege, Your strengths, your learnings, Those moments when you rise and fall… These are the real moments when you reveal yourself and in that you show you are your all. A thriving mother, one that is resilient, learns from her mistakes and always does her best. One that knows her best is not always about giving and knows to receive, to look after the rest. You will stay in the hearts of your children forever. And the day will come that you are so proud to thrive, when you see who you have raised on the inside… as well as on the outside. A very special happy Mother’s Day to you! With love,...
How to Yell Less and Be Calmer as a Parent

How to Yell Less and Be Calmer as a Parent

My neighbour said to me last week, I can’t imagine you to be anything other than calm, when I shared with her I was a shouter. I would shout so much to get the kids to do things, to try to get mine and the family needs met. When things didn’t get done, the shouting would get progressively louder. Back then I didn’t know what I know now.I shared a post on our Facebook page the other day  – to be a calm parent “Create a space between you and your child ‘s reaction”Then I had a client yesterday, she said Dina, I have read so many self help books, read so many mantras, followed so many philosophies of people that I admire and I still do not have the ability to create this space between myself and a reaction – I’m better, but I still haven’t nailed it! By the end of the session, she understood WHY this was the case. Creating space to respond is a life skill that enables you to thrive… This is not the first time I have had clients come to me and say that they have been to meditation, alternative therapies, parenting courses and they still haven’t mastered creating the space where you stop before you respond so the whole situation doesn’t blow up in your face and spiral out of control. What I understand now, what the client understood by the end of yesterday’s session and what all my clients now know, is that it is how you filter an event in your mind will determine how you experience that event....