What do you mean “Do I work?” I have two children and a husband!

Posted by Samantha on March 10, 2015 in Hope

I’ve just read a BBC article which concludes with the sentiment that the Japanese government wants to “fully utilise its female workforce”.  This means they want to get women out of full time at-home employment (i.e. supporting children and husbands and running a home – which is still called being a housewife in Japan) and into full-time […]


Celebrating Grandparents

Posted by Samantha on October 6, 2012 in Connection, Hope, Love, Materialism, Relationships, Thought for the day

This Sunday is Grandparents Day. I’d like to share some of my longing for that day. I long for a day when all grandparents receive appreciation for an important job, sincerely undertaken, on a daily basis. I long for the day when we share our appreciation of grandparents from a place of true honesty rather […]


When you and your child’s other parent don’t live together

Posted by Samantha on July 21, 2012 in Guilt, Hope, Parenting Dilemmas, Separation and Divorce, Worry

Ought a child have access to a parent who does not live with them?  My simple answer is yes.  Except when the better answer is no. And it really is that ‘grey’ a situation in my opinion. There are times, heart-breaking though it may be, when the better course of action may be for a […]


When we think we’re bad parents…

Posted by Samantha on February 20, 2012 in Hope, Mistakes

A couple of weeks ago a mother of 3 teenage children was sharing with me how she had noticed that whenever she started being down on her kids, she would usually discover that behind all that impatience and irritation with the children, she was actually being down on herself. Her insight reminded me of a […]

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What’s the best compliment a parent can receive about their kids?

Posted by Samantha on November 15, 2011 in Discipline, Happiness, Hope, Love

I read a story online recently where British actress Kate Winslet shared about how she was recently complimented by a fellow traveller about how well-behaved her children were on an airplane. She went on to say how she loved when strangers commented in this way on how nicely behaved her children were. I really understand […]


When we feel better, we behave better

Posted by Samantha on February 28, 2011 in Feelings, Guilt, Hope

Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better? Dr Jane Nelson, US child development expert and positive discipline advocate   […]

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