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11 Moments When You Really, Really Need an HSP – HIGHLY SENSITIVE REFUGE

If you’re facing one of these situations, you’re reeeeeeally going to want an HSP. There are many positives to being a highly sensitive person (HSP). Some are less obvious than others and some remain hidden to the outside world.

7 Tips to Help A Highly Sensitive Child Flourish in School7 Tips to Help A Highly Sensitive Child Flourish in School – THE MINDS JOURNAL

I could feel my heart breaking as we walked through the recently abandoned hallways. If I could go back in time I would go back into that classroom, scoop him up and take him home. It was a sign of things to come.


School Has Started. Here’s How to Advocate for Your Sensitive Childa highly sensitive child – HIGHLY SENSITIVE REFUGE

We all want our young children to mature into independent, self-sufficient teenagers, but while they’re young, they need us to give them a voice. They need us to stand up for them and communicate their needs. They need us to be their greatest advocate.


5 Tips To Help You Survive As A Highly Sensitive Parent5 Tips To Help You Survive As A Highly Sensitive Parent – RAVISHLY

In short, think of sleep as your best friend when it comes to surviving as a highly sensitive parent.


Two boys laughing with each otherMy Boys Are Not Stereotypes, They’re So Much More – BABBLE

The stereotypes about boys don’t mention the words sensitive, caring, affectionate, or nurturing. Most stereotypes about little boys are negative, but thankfully we mothers of boys know that they are so much more than their stereotypes.


Trusting Your Parenting Instincts: Two PerspectivesTrusting Your Parenting Instincts: Two Perspectives – BRAIN,CHILD

My shelves sighed under the weight of parenting books, full of conflicting advice which I tried to make sense of. By the time my second son was born three years later, I realized I was mothering instinctively…….


Let Our Sensitive Boys Become Sensitive Men – MAMALODE

“Mom, do you know that there are people who hunt and kill gorillas?” my son asked me a few weeks back when he came home from school one day. He’d had his news lesson that afternoon, and the topic had left an impression on my sensitive boy. “Why would people kill animals, mom? I don’t get it,” he said with tears in his eyes. “We have to do something.”


BucketsHelping My Highly Sensitive Sons Carry Their Emotions – BONBON BREAK

I see his little head bobbing in a sea of infants; his teacher spots me and shakes his small hand, giving him unspoken permission to go to me. I watch my son’s face and can instantly tell he is fighting tears. I know by the look on his face that his morning in school has been too much for him.


Quiet in the Classroom – QUIET REVOLUTION

“His frustration builds because he’s a conscientious student who cannot meet his own high expectations. The level of the work is within his reach; the quiet he needs to concentrate is not.”


Life Abroad & Travel

Baby8 Reasons for an expat to choose a doula – EXPAT CHILD

“My first birth experience was far from ideal; I felt unsupported and lost in the delivery room, despite speaking the local language and having my husband next to me.

The experience prompted me to seek out a doula when I was pregnant the second time around, and when I found out I was pregnant for the third time my doula was one of the first people I called.”


10 Steps to Becoming a Dutch Citizen – AMSTERDAM MAMAS

“Gefeliciteerd! Jij bent nu een echte kaaskop,” my Dutch friend said giving me the traditional three kisses as we stood on the school playground. I have been called many things over the year, but a ‘real cheese head’ is a new one. It’s not a title I can add to my cv but nonetheless I am proud of my new dual nationality status.


Language books10 things you’ll find out when you move to the Netherlands  – DUTCH NEWS

The typical Dutch stereotype consists of cheese eating, clog wearing tall people talking a dialect of German with a backdrop of windmills sailing round on the flatlands. However, there is much more to this small country and the people who live in it than the rest of the world thinks.


Adapting to Life in the Netherlands – THE TELEGRAPH

My naivety was soon to be revealed: there were many culture changes waiting for me, some seemingly insignificant and subtle, others as noticeable as a slap in the face.


ArchitectureMaking a Difference as an Expat in Turkey – EXPAT EXCHANGE

“It was an incredibly hot August night. Around 3am I was woken by my bed bucking in the air. I barely made it to my daughters’ room. We didn’t realise it was an earthquake – we initially thought we were being bombed from above as we could hear what sounded like air raid sirens. It turned out to be hundreds of car alarms going off.”


Tangier at Thirteen: A Gateway to the World – JOURNEY BEYOND TRAVEL

“Young children with smiling eyes and lips ran behind us, calling out to us in a strange tongue. As we turned another corner shops appeared, in some cases spaces no bigger than the cupboard under our stairs at home, filled to the brim with hand painted ceramics, or traditional brown robes, red fez hats, brightly coloured, shimmering slippers or woven bags like the olive coloured one that became my beloved school bag.”


Going Dutch With a New Year Bang – THE TELEGRAPH

“I provided plenty of entertainment for the cycle shop owner, who was unable to hold his laughter at my shaky and potentially life threatening test drive.”


Danish flagsWhat Not to do on a Danish Beach – VELVET ESCAPE

“A blonde haired man steps out of the dark Hummer. He climbs behind the wheel of the people carrier, casting the driver aside to the passenger seat. The German, dressed in a blue polo shirt and jeans, greets the hapless passenger in the back seat, and casts an eye over the sleeping toddler in his car seat beside her.”