When parents hurt their children

Posted by Samantha on September 18, 2013 in Courage, Guilt, Safety, Thought for the day, Violence

Daniel Pelka was murdered by his mother and her partner because adults were scared of wrongly accusing his mother of abuse. Now that he’s dead people are shocked the abuse could get so bad without detection. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-24106823 But it’s not so hard to understand really.  These days we are not allowed to say (out loud!) […]



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 […]


Rules and relationships

Posted by Samantha on April 4, 2012 in Relationships, Respect, Rules, Thought for the day

Rules before Relationship = Resentment & Rebellion Relationship before Rules = Respect

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Help! It’s the school run…

Posted by Samantha on January 19, 2012 in Thought for the day

When I pick my two kids up from school it’s fair to say that they’re not always at their best! One is an introvert.  He really needs some quiet time for introspection and re-charging after spending all day in such close proximity to so many people.  The other is an extravert.  She is just dying […]

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Do I even know how to raise children?

Posted by Samantha on August 17, 2011 in Thought for the day

Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.  P. J. O’Rourke, American political commentator, writer and humorist (b.1947)


I want to be sure my discipline is not cruel

Posted by Samantha on August 16, 2011 in Thought for the day

Where does discipline end? Where does cruelty begin? Somewhere between these, thousands of children inhabit a voiceless hell.  Francois Mauriac, French author and Nobel laureate in literature (1885 – 1970)


Do you enjoy your child’s company?

Posted by Samantha on August 15, 2011 in Thought for the day

I must take issue with the term ‘a mere child,’ for it has been my invariable experience that the company of a mere child is infinitely preferable to that of a mere adult.  Fran Lebowitz, American writer and humorist (b.1950)


Parenting is sharing ideas…

Posted by Samantha on August 14, 2011 in Thought for the day

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.   George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright […]



Posted by Samantha on August 13, 2011 in Thought for the day

Humor helps us to think out of the box. The average child laughs about 400 times per day, the average adult laughs only 15 times per day. What happened to the other 385 laughs?   Anonymous


Am I getting worse by accident or better by design?

Posted by Samantha on August 12, 2011 in Thought for the day

Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. Francis Bacon, British philosopher, statesman and scientist (1561 – 1626)

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