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  • No Regrets
2309, 2021

A Life of no Regrets

By |September 23rd, 2021|

Have you ever shared how ridiculous a particular situation is to a friend to find that they think it’s crazy too but their predicament is actually worse than yours and you really have nothing to complain about? That happened to me on the weekend. Lately, I’ve been having little reminders ...

2109, 2021
  • You are enough

You Are Enough Because He is Enough

By |September 21st, 2021|

I contemplated whether to share a snippet of my “real life” today, but then I thought, that is exactly how other Moms can relate. Acting as if I have it all together is the last thing I want to portray. For those dear Moms in my Bible Study, they have ...

1809, 2021
  • New Father

You are a Father Now!

By |September 18th, 2021|

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man”. These are the wise words of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. They also came true this week for Jean and Tasman Westbury with the birth of their first baby, named Elijah Joseph-Antoine Westbury. You have never met ...

1709, 2021
  • Making the Connection

Making the Connection: Communication is Easy With These 3 Tips

By |September 17th, 2021|

We recently analysed the feedback from 400 participants in our online marriage preparation course. The results to the question, “On which of the following areas would you like more formation/education”, surprised us; the most requested item among eleven options was, ‘Improving Communication’. Communication and Relationships Why the surprise? Everybody knows ...

1609, 2021
  • Unglamorous Mum

The Unglamorous Mum is Beautiful

By |September 16th, 2021|

The life of a mum is difficult, but, despite the chaos and hardship, the unglamorous mum is beautiful through it all. Although at times our kids drive us crazy, it is the little, precious moments that make it totally worth it in the end! The Unglamorous Mum Last Friday afternoon, ...

909, 2021
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The Modern-Day Mum is Stronger Than She Thinks

By |September 9th, 2021|

I don’t know how many times I have looked at the clock since becoming a mum and have willed those handles to spin a little faster. There have been many a day when I have wished for nap time to come sooner and for bedtime to be brought forward. I’ve ...

709, 2021
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Give Colour a Spin

By |September 7th, 2021|

Orange, yellow, red, green, blue, purple, white, brown… did you know our fruits and vegetables come in all colours of the rainbow? In fact, research shows we need to plate up as much colour as possible every day to get the maximum health benefits from fruits and vegetables. Far too ...

3108, 2021
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Have We All Become Paranoid Parents?

By |August 31st, 2021|

It was a sunny Saturday morning; I was dining alfresco at a restaurant on a busy street, casually sipping my coffee, when I noticed a little girl wander past our table and down the street. Her mother was deep in conversation and didn’t notice. I didn’t want to cause alarm ...

2508, 2021
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The Race is Afoot: Time to Focus on the Finish Line

By |August 25th, 2021|

A life around the family home can at times feel like a race to complete each day’s requirements. Recently, like many others, I find myself being forced to slow down in what is usually a busy lifestyle. Caught trying to understand the current ‘Covid’ life and reflecting on what was, ...

2408, 2021
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5 Ways to Get in Shape for Spring

By |August 24th, 2021|

Did you know that nearly half of Australians expect to gain up to two kilos during winter? Some surveys suggest 90 per cent of people eat more fast and snack foods and takeaways because they make them feel warmer and happier; 36 per cent of Australians worry about weight gain ...

1908, 2021
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Ways to Support Local Businesses During Restrictions

By |August 19th, 2021|

If there was ever a time to support local businesses, now would be it. And I have no doubt many of us have been doing what we can by ordering takeaway from our local restaurants or buying from online Australian stores. But the difficulty many face with supporting local is ...

1808, 2021
  • 13 life lessons

13 Lessons from Nearly Losing a Child

By |August 18th, 2021|

When a crisis hits you out of nowhere, what do you do next? When Guy faced nearly losing a child, he learned 13 lessons before the crisis was even over. Sometimes in life you have experiences that profoundly and permanently change you. Experiences either solidify your existing beliefs, assumptions and ...

1708, 2021
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Dad’s Day Out

By |August 17th, 2021|

One of my most favourite things of all time is when one or both of our boys have a day out with dad. Partly because it means I get a day out with myself that usually consists chocolate, girly movies and/or pampering, but also because I notice a distinct difference ...

1408, 2021
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Tag Team Vs. Good Cop, Bad Cop Parenting

By |August 14th, 2021|

Avoid "good cop, bad cop" parenting as much as possible. In fact, ditch it altogether. A system that elevates mums over dads, or dads over mums, doesn’t work. Good cop, bad cop parenting’s long-term costs negate any short-term benefits. The system is a recipe for favouritism, resentment and parental neglect. ...

1208, 2021
  • Father's Day

Home-Delivered Father’s Day Gift Ideas

By |August 12th, 2021|

This Father’s Day will be different again. Border closures and social distancing rules have made it harder to socialise locally. These home-delivered Father’s Day gifts will help us love our dads from afar and make them feel appreciated, even if we can’t be there in person. Supporting local shops and ...

1008, 2021
  • children

Through My Child’s Eyes

By |August 10th, 2021|

Listen to author Annette Spurr’s interview with Focus on the Family Australia here. ‘While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.’ ~ Angela Schwindt Nothing can truly prepare you for parenthood. The tears and tantrums, toilet training, sleepless nights, ...

508, 2021
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Missing My Dad

By |August 5th, 2021|

Sometimes I find myself wondering what it would be like if he were here now. I’d like to make a place for him at our table for Christmas lunch, like I do for Mum and other family and friends. I’d like to serve him and make up the spare room ...

2707, 2021
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Lunchbox Anxiety

By |July 27th, 2021|

So, my eldest started school last week and I was cool with that. Yes, I did get a little misty-eyed at drop-off time (Tyson, as predicted, was totally fine and ran off into the proverbial distance with nary a look over his shoulder). I thought I’d be anxious about leaving ...

2007, 2021
  • fussy eaters

Healthy habits to win over fussy eaters

By |July 20th, 2021|

Around half of all toddlers are considered fussy eaters, screwing up their nose at salad and pitching butternut pumpkin from their high chairs. Establishing healthy eating patterns in children is important and can have a big impact on their everyday health, growth and cognitive development. So, how do we avoid ...

1507, 2021
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When Tough Love Means Being Tough on Yourself

By |July 15th, 2021|

Some days, being a mother is just plain hard. Today was one of those days. I promised to take my boys to play mini golf. Secretly, I was looking forward to it more than they were! I’d been wanting to try out this place for months and finally the day ...

907, 2021
  • marriage

Is Marriage Worth It?

By |July 9th, 2021|

We all get a bit of shock pretty early on in married life. For some, it is day 1: “This isn’t what I expected!” At some point, you will probably find yourself asking yourself the question: Is marriage worth it? Are you married?  How has it been going for you ...

807, 2021
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Remaining the Parent Through Children’s Public Tantrums

By |July 8th, 2021|

Sometimes parents can feel a little helpless when anything they do makes their child’s tantrum worse. Below, Jess Mannion sheds light on how we can respond to kids' tantrums in her blog post titled, ‘Public Tantrums – How To Remain The Parent’. We have all been there. As our children ...

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