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My top five mum-juggle tips

Whether you’re a working mum wearing multiple hats, or a stay at home mum with many different plates spinning, juggling it all can be tough. Hannah Hardy-Jones, founder of The Kite Program, a practical wellbeing resource for mothers, shares her top five tips.

How can you be a mindful parent?

What is mindfulness? And how can we do it? In these excerpts from Claire Gillman’s book “Five Minute Mindfulness: Parenting” she explains the basics as well as taking you through a couple of practical exercises.

Writing for wellbeing

In motherhood, it often seems that we’re only supposed to discuss the gratitude and gummy smiles. We fear that admitting the other stuff, the messy stuff, risks judgment and horror and questions about our ability to cope. Creative writing may seem an odd, perhaps even indulgent, suggestion in a situation where the last thing you feel or have an interest in is creativity.

My Mental health toolbox

I was first introduced to the idea of a mental health (or “wellness” or “recovery”) toolbox by a counsellor. “Think of it like this: if something needs a quick fix in your house, you’ll get out your toolbox,” she said.

Just add water

Why does a bath before bedtime calm the kids down? Why is my answer to every meltdown, "have they drunk enough water?" Why, in the face of yelling kids and household chaos, do I want to escape to a spa or the beach?It’s all due to the incredible power of H2O. 

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