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The Mustard Seed Mum: A Letter to Special Needs Mothers

Dearly loved Mama, I may not be able to see you, but I so wish I could come over, make you a cup of tea, coffee or a beverage of your choosing, and just share life with you. The world is a scary place at times, but for us, we are championing our children in… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: A Letter to Special Needs Mothers

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The Mustard Seed Mum: Pressured to be perfect?

What makes a good parent? Think about it. Perhaps you think it is spending quality time with your kids. Maybe it's making sure they have as many opportunities as possible to succeed. Perhaps it's a particularly hard season of life so just getting them fed, bathed, dressed and keeping them out of harms way is… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: Pressured to be perfect?

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The strong-willed child in all of us

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss Have you ever met a strong-willed child? They are determined to do something regardless of what others say. It seems nothing can stop them. I see it in my young children as they stretch boundaries or try something new. Parents have to tread carefully and assess each situation. Is this a teaching opportunity? Actions… Continue reading The strong-willed child in all of us

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Ruth’s Roundup – January 2022

When I get a moment (they are few and far between, but few is still something, right?), I tuck into a book, read an article, come across a thought-provoking message and think, this needs to be shared. Ruth’s Roundup is a post released once a month where I will share with you some content I have been engaging… Continue reading Ruth’s Roundup – January 2022

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The Mustard Seed Mum: Can we agree to disagree?

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss It seems that mothers and babies are labelled as soon as possible. Breast-feeder or bottle-feeder? Cloth nappies (diapers for my American readers!) or disposable ones? Dummy (pacifier!) or no dummy? We make decisions for these tiny humans and then get asked about it, compare ourselves (and our children) to others and spend half the… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: Can we agree to disagree?

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How can I help you in 2022?

Thanks for stopping by at the start of a brand new year. There's often a sense of hope at the start of the year, isn't there? There's a clean slate ahead - a wide open road. Although nothing spectacular may have changed between December 31st and January 1st, we treat the start of the new… Continue reading How can I help you in 2022?

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GUEST POST – Unexpectedly Alone: When an Instamum Hits the Skids

I'm very excited to welcome author Ruth Leigh to the blog to share a little about her two brilliant novels, The Diary of Isabella M Smugge and The Trials of Isabella Smugge, and all the joys and heartache that real, honest motherhood and parenting bring! By Ruth Leigh A couple of years ago, the answer… Continue reading GUEST POST – Unexpectedly Alone: When an Instamum Hits the Skids

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The Mustard Seed Mum: When Patience Runs Out

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss As I sit to write, someone decided now was a good time to pull out the world's noisiest leaf blower. It's like an outdoor vacuum cleaner. It's irritating. It's persistent. It's loud. And it's getting louder - still. How long is this noise going to disrupt the street? Not only am I trying to… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: When Patience Runs Out

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The Mustard Seed Mum: Leading By Example

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss Do you have someone that you look up to? Someone that you want to emulate in some way? For me, it's my Mum. She has modelled for me what following Jesus looks like as a wife and mother, even in the hardest and most hopeless of circumstances. She was the one who led me… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: Leading By Example

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The Mustard Seed Mum: When Grief Catches Up With You

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss I cried in a café. It caught me completely off guard. But that's grief for you. It turns up when it wants to with no warning - and apparently with no tissues. As I was waiting for my husband to finish ordering, I sat down at a table with some shopping bags. We were… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: When Grief Catches Up With You