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Gavin, Kate and Meggan on the Art of Silence Course Gavin, Kate and myself were all in desperate need of some recuperation, so last week we left our kids with our partners for 4 days to go on the Art of Silence Course again.  We’ve all done it many times before.  I think I’ve done it 22 times over the last 15 years, but I’ve lost count now. We all met at various stages over the years on one or another of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living...

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...

Meggan with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Sydney (and Kate!) 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...

  I’ve noticed that as a parent I’m often telling Joshi what to do,what not to do, where to go, what to look at, etc. Yes, I know he learns a lot this way and that it’s necessary for us to teach and direct our kids, but at what point does the balance get lost?   I’ve been reflecting on how often I’m actually being helpful and how often I’m just plain bossy and controlling.  I’ve been thinking about how much freedom I give him to...

According to the chiropractor, this is the best position for healthy hips – your baby’s thighs are supported to the knee, with the main weight of their body on their bum, not their crotch, unlike in the Baby Bjorn. I came so close to buying a Baby Bjorn baby carrier. Another mum had shown me hers and told me how easy it was to clip on and off.  It looked great … and seemed easy to use.  What mum isn’t drawn to something practical that could make her...

Does Your Kid’s Crying Make You Uncomfortable? If you were a child and something happened to you which really hurt, like you hit your head or kicked your toe and it was so sore you felt like crying, how’d you like your parents to be? I was with Joshi in a park a few weeks ago, when this kid, about 6 years old, slid face-first down a slide.   Although not visually injured, he was clearly sore and started crying when he reached his mum at the bottom.  His mum was...

“Good boy?” “Naughty boy?”   You’d think that telling your kid that they’re a good boy/girl is a good thing right?  Well, since Joshua was born it’s been something I’ve consciously avoided saying to him.  I’ve never quite been able to explain why, I just felt really drawn to not using the expression.  I’ve also felt a bit weird whenever people have asked me if he’s a good boy.  I mean, what mum’s...

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