Interview with Peter and Amanda from Shalom
This month I interviewed Peter and Amanda Lyndon-James, who run Shalom House, a drug rehab that is transforming lives in the Swan Valley. Amanda is a horticulturist who was raised on a farm in Wongan Hills. Peter, a ward of the State from age nine, spent his childhood locked up or on the streets. Pete became a drug addict and dealer, spending time in every WA jail. Peter’s life has completely changed and this year he won the West Australian of the Year Award […]
Understanding Your Child’s Personality
Have you wondered why some kids are easier to get on with than others? According to Personality Plus For Parents by Florence Littauer one of the reasons is because of different personalities. You may have heard of the four personality types: sanguine, choleric, melancholy and phlegmatic. But have you considered how this affects parenting? My family took the personality test in the book. You can also do the test online HERE. Elijah was sanguine (fun lover), Kale was choleric (bossy), Jewel […]
1 Reason Why Not- A Response to 13 Reasons Why
There have been mixed feelings about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Some people feel that 13 Reasons Why glorifies suicide, while others feel it actually reveals what young people are going through. Cassie Fox, the Bosslady at IZRA has responded creatively by making a short film called 1 Reason Why Not- A Response to 13 Reasons Why. In just one month the film was viewed almost 100,000 times on the IZRA Facebook Page. Viewers, including Headspace, loved it so much they shared it over 1000 […]
8 Parenting Tips for Working Parents from Dr Kaylene Henderson
I had the privilege of meeting child psychiatrist Dr Kaylene Henderson recently. The lovely Kaylene had flown to Perth from her home in the Eastern states to share her parenting tips on ‘Being Your Best in Both Worlds’ for working parents. The free event was organised by Clan Midland and hosted by Ace Cinemas at Midland Gate. I was actually part of the Rock N Toddle Gigs for Kids team, and entertained the kids so the parents could listen to the talk […]
Motherhood: Keeping It Real on Mother’s Day
During motherhood, it can be REALLY challenging to enjoy the present. Motherhood is mostly like this: you, the outnumbered adult, trying to make several small humans do basic, simple, essential things, like: eat vegetables, put shoes on, wear deodorant, brush teeth, use the toilet, shower, get in or out of a car, not kill siblings, etc. And pretty much every time you ask them to do these things, they resist, roll their eyes, have a tantrum, argue, complain, refuse, ignore […]
6 Ways to Help the Homeless in Perth
Last night I had the honour of performing my original songs at the Sleep Out Under the Stars event. It was a fundraiser for St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, who help the homeless in Perth by providing food and other services. The goal was to raise $10,000. It was a beautiful evening of likeminded souls gathering together to make a difference. We were entertained all evening with an outdoor concert in the stunning courtyard at Notre Dame University.
Mental Nourishment- What to Feed Your Child’s Mind
Recently my son couldn’t untangle a yoyo, and I was shocked when my daughter’s feisty response was, ‘that’s because you’re a male! A female could do that easily!’ I explained that successfully untying a yoyo had nothing to do with gender. This blew up in to a fiery argument! Later upon reflection I realised her sexist outburst was caused by their bedtime story! Elijah (4) is going through the superhero phase, so naturally selected a superhero book from the library.
How Nannup Music Festival Motivates Kids to Learn an Instrument
On the long weekend, my family and I had an AMAZING time at Nannup music festival– I’m still buzzing with excitement! On our way home we bought a cello off Gumtree, for my son Kale, who couldn’t wait to start practicing! Now Kale is our genius kid who has perfect pitch. When you play a particular note on an instrument, he can tell you exactly what note you’re playing, just from the sound of it!
How to Make a Difference in 3 Steps
Is it possible to make a difference in this world? When I first heard about human trafficking, I thought I had to radically change my life, move overseas and home school my kids while my husband busted down doors and rescued people! For some reason, my husband wasn’t keen on the idea! I dwelled upon all my limitations and the things I couldn’t do, and this lead to feeling overwhelmed and months of depression! I knew I needed to do […]
University Entrance through a Tip School in Cambodia
It’s that time when things get a bit hectic in the lead up to the new school year in Australia! Some of the things whirling around in my mind: the logistics of having four primary school aged kids going to three different schools, buying iPads, wondering if my kindy kid who goes on alternate Wednesdays starts next Wednesday or not, being at home alone for the first time as an adult because my baby will be in kindy, wondering if I’m […]