I often don’t feel like going outside with my son when it rains.  So there’ve been many days when we’ve stayed inside.  On those days there’s often a lot of running around, jumping on the bed, dancing, anything that will help burn off some of that energy.  But there can also be a lot of stir-craziness in the air.  Often whinging sets in. So the last time it rained I decided to really embrace the rain.  We got dressed warmly, put on shoes that were...

  For many parents the pressure’s really on at Christmas time.  Perhaps you wish you felt less anxious at a time which is meant to be filled with joy and celebration.   Maybe you’re concerned about whether your kid will be disappointed with the present(s) you’ve got (or not got) them, or with Santa’s response (or lack thereof) to their letter – the hugest or most expensive list of ‘I wants’ in the whole wide world.  Maybe...

In response to my last post (Have You Been Good This Year?), I’ve received a few messages from parents, some saying they wish they’d read it years ago. One of the mums said the post changed her mind – and so her boys are now getting gifts this year. This is what she wrote: “Hi Meggan, I read your blog. And it changed my mind about getting gifts for the boys this Christmas. We weren’t going to as they had been not behaving at all for quite a few years...

  People keep asking my son whether he’s been good this year and whether he thinks Santa will come and visit him this Christmas.   They’re always awkward moments because he doesn’t understand what either of those things have to do with Christmas and often the questions are followed by silence and then he walks away.  It reminds me of what Christmas is for a some people and how Christmas for us is not about some of those things. In our home, receiving...

Parenting can be hard.  And so it’s awesome to have some people out there who you feel you can turn to for support, support that you can count on and trust.  Today I’d like to share 3 of my mentors with you and give some heartfelt credit to them, each who’ve helped me on my parenting journey in different, special ways. Aletha Solter I’ve not met Dr Solter in person, but I’ve read some her books and for me she totally rocks parenting.  Of all...

No matter how difficult or challenging my day of mammahood may have been, no matter how disharmonious or exhausting, when we have a family bedtime satsang it helps to gracefully dissolve the after effect of the day’s challenges.  So some months ago I decided to have regular family satsangs.  Just the three of us.  I’d light a candle, lay a blanket on the floor, put some cushions out, gather together all the musical instruments (sometimes with Joshi’s...

Joshi had waded into the sea with his dad up to his waist and was playing with the boogie board which his grandpa had given him for Christmas.  After a few minutes of catching some waves he suddenly started screaming in pain.  Simon, only a couple of feet away, whisked him up into arms.  His foot was bleeding badly and Simon, who’s also a scuba instructor, suspected something worse than a sharp shell.  As the water cleared momentarily, there it was – a young...

I love the beginning of a year. It’s always such a great time for reflection. For looking back over the last year. For seeing where I am now … and deciding what intentions I’d like to move forward with. Before I became a mum my new year intentions were more goals-like.  I can remember planning holidays to exotic places, setting goals to teach a certain amount of Art of Living and Yoga courses, get a book published, meditate more regularly, etc.  I had so much time –...

I always feel relieved when I leave an environment where mums are constantly telling their kids to share and insisting on it. It’s nice to be out of ear shot from the repetitive mantra of “share, share, share.”  Yes I know, us mums want our kids to share.  We want them to be socially acceptable and not to offend others.  And it feels uncomfortable for us when we see their innocent actions upsetting another kid (and their mum).  So I know it’s...

For the past 7 nights I’ve left Joshi with Simon for about 3 hours every evening except one.  I spent 4 nights on the Sri Sri Yoga Course, ran a free Art of Living workshop on one and then took and attended a sudarshan kriya session on the other two.  Last night when I told Joshi I was going to kriya he said really firmly but sweetly, “Not going out mamma.  Everyone stay home.”  Out of the mouth of a 2-year-old.  He’d had enough of my disappearing...

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