One of the most important decisions in my life was to marry my husband and bring into this world 13 amazing children. My husband and I decided to have a large family partly due to our faith and partly because of certain influences I encountered…
Wellbeing in families: it’s a matter of balance
When I was a young girl I daydreamed quite a bit wishing my life was different. The primary school I attended held an annual raffle and one year the prize was a doll’s house. It was a beautiful house with a blue roof with many…
No one tells me my children can’t do something
One day a teacher told us that one of our sons was uncoordinated and not good at sport. In fact, he said we should lower our expectations for his athletic future. Well, that was like a red rag to a bull! No one tells me…
Finding Purpose, Meaning and a Virtuous Life
One school holidays I organized a trip to an artificial limb factory to help my children grow in knowledge, compassion, empathy and be thankful for all they have received. I rang to make a booking. The gentleman on the phone politely asked if a family…
Babies weren’t the only things thrown into the pool
If I had a dime for every time I was asked, “Hey, are they all yours?” – referring to my children – I’d be a very wealthy woman by now! People often asked me why I wanted so many children and I’d compare raising a…
You are braver, stronger and smarter than you think!
Positive education opens up a world of opportunities. It increases levels of happiness, life satisfaction, self-esteem and positive self-attribution. Positive psychologists Maslow and Seligman believe that schoolchildren can be taught skills that increase their resilience, positive emotion, engagement and meaning in life. When I was…
Keeping your Marriage on Track – turning the Coronavirus into a Honeymoon-virus
We all have romantic ideas of how our honeymoon should be. Well, my honeymoon was far from romantic. For some insane reason we thought a 3-day road-trip from Sydney to Queensland was a good idea – IT WASN’T. Leading up to our Wedding Day my…
The Art of Apologising
I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve apologised. And there is probably many more apologies I should have made but didn’t. And there are probably times I apologised when it wasn’t even my fault – I just got use to saying “sorry”….
I have read many books on parenting over the years and after reading them I often felt inadequate. Things like – Don’t overreact Don’t be overbearing Don’t be irrational Punish without histrionics Always keep your emotions in check Don’t discipline when angry – it scars…
Coping with a death of a child
Throughout our marriage my husband and I have experienced a range of joys and sorrows that allowed us to suffer and to grow on many levels. However, I must say our greatest sorrow was the death of our baby boy, Joseph John. In 1985 I…
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