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Back in the day

Back in the day, I was part of the student well-being team in a school. It was a love/hate relationship I had with this job. I loved the kids, and hated the restrictions placed on them.   The unachievable notion that they’d all fit in to the same box, and thrive in the same learning environment.   What plagued me most was that my own sons were in the mix, and although my job was predominantly to keep the wandering souls engaged and attending, I was struggling on a daily basis to get my lot there (myself included), with the required 'positive attitude' and 'openness to learn’.  I think that’s why Minimuds gives me so much joy these days, because of my...

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Have you ever wondered if you’ve been in the presence of real-life angels?

I think about this ALOT.  I know we use the term loosely for ‘good’ people, or well behaved kids, or a helpful neighbour, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I mean someone who slips in and out of your consciousness with such little fanfare that you’re left wondering if they really did exist in the first place.  I’ll tell you a story. (You knew this was coming, right?)  Middle kid again.  Let me clarify though…I do have other kids. Lots of them, haha! (Well it feels like it sometimes!). You’ll get to know them too, in good time. No one’s immune around here, and there are PLENTY of stories to tell. Be afraid boys, everyone gets a turn...

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WHEN LITTLE BOYS GROW UP (Part one)

This weekend my middle kid is moving out, for real this time. As per usual for me, it evokes a whole spectrum of bittersweet emotions. Some dance around in my periphery, some linger, and others settle heavy like a brick in the pit of my gut.  Don’t get me wrong…he’s fiercely independent. Perfectly capable. He’s already traveled the world and stretched those wings out BEYOND full span, but here’s the difference….this time he’s taking his bed, so it’s obviously serious. (And no…he doesn’t want the shitty old corduroy couch from the shed as a bonus, thanks though.) Truth be known, he was BORN pushing the boundaries.  (And my Lord has he been a challenge).  Determined and feisty, but laced with...

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Motherhood, childhood, and the sting of letting go.

A few weeks back in a FB post I flippantly promised a newsletter ‘on the weekend’. Turns out I left an unintended loop hole as to which weekend that would be, so technically I’m still fulfilling my promise :) There’s an icy wind blasting down the valley today and my brain is unfairly fabricating snow flurries, to the extent where I hyper-focus on the droplets out the window ‘willing’ them to do their floaty little dance as they descend earthward. I’m deep in thought. So deep in fact, that it's an effort to haul the words up to the surface and on to the page. I’m transported back to last weekend.  Mothers day. I’m with my own mum, and we’ve...

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'UNLEASH THE POWER OF PLAY’

Man I love this slogan. Still gives me thrills, even though I see it day in, day out. I was in my normal ‘bike riding’ zone this morning, writing stuff in my head, erasing, giggling at the weird stuff my brain processes while my body is active, wondering where my next inspiration might come from, and occasionally breaking my thought process to check my periphery, a habit I subconsciously developed in the spring, in an effort to be more prepared for the inevitable magpie assault.  Way off in the distance is a familiar form. My mate with his little dog Jack, joyfully trotting along behind the motor scooter, which inches along towards me at just the right pace so that...

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Saying it like it is...a magazine editorial

Here’s a lighthearted peek into the world of Mininuds. It’s such a joy working with ‘The Natural Parent Magazine’ crew. Thank you for the opportunity guys. A brilliant example of a small team doing great things, with empathy and compassion. The world needs more people like you right now.

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Freedom to grow, with wings to fly

The ever changing balance….the fear of stepping back and watching from the boundary. Working out how to allow them the freedom to grow, equipped with wings to fly and confidence to experiment, but also being connected enough to know when roll out the landing pad.

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