I am the mother of eight amazing children ranging from 23 yr old twins to a beautiful three yr old daughter.
I am a martial artist on my way to black belts in Hapkido and Tai Kwon Do, a visual artist, a poet, a dedicated educator and the author of
Currently writing ‘The True Power of Parenting’ and the second edition of
I AM Inspiration! – E I ED.
As a child I felt really different to others as though I was watching a play I didn’t quite fit into.
My family were nomadic and we moved house frequently so I was required to develop the skill of detachment very early. I wasn’t very good at it and anxiety was a common feeling for me.
Although my parents were loving and always did the best they could, they didn’t realise the psychological impact that the constant uprooting was having on my particular personality.
Parenting is a complex emotional job entailing so much more than we generally realise.
When I grew into a teenager I took my anxiety and fear and began repeating some of my familiar, historical programming.
I met a man twice my age, and had children. It was a number of years into my own parenting, after a couple of relationship breakdowns that I began to connect the dots.
This beginning of awareness propelled me on my journey for emotional wellbeing.
I knew that to connect with my own happiness and joy, I would be gifting my children, at the very least, with the heightened potential to connect with their own.
Now I look back at my children’s childhood and can see where they clearly needed more true parental connection, more awareness- more yes’s than no’s, more trust, more opportunity for self expression. I see that the school system reflected society’s lack of understanding for the individuality and natural exuberance of children.
Things are changing now.
I think the stressful nature of our busy world and the expectations we place upon ourselves sometimes lead us to take our parenting for granted. We can be sidetracked or programmed by the ones before into blindly believing that our children are merely extensions of our selves albeit fascinating ones!
In reality the child is so unique as to be astoundingly needy of a mindful and individual
It has taken me twenty two years of deep questing within the intense emotional world of parenting to discover that to stop for just a moment and lock eyes with my child, relaxing my inner physical body whilst doing so was all I needed to do (regularly) to establish a true channel of appreciation, communication and connection.
This is easy to say, not so difficult to do, but extremely challenging to remember when the world is spinning by, distracting everyone from the priority of happiness!
In the founding and directing of
I have made the decision to help families
to a serving of Joy and Happiness by being an advocate for fundamental change.
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