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I live with my family in Wellington, New Zealand – a city I love for its hills and harbour, cafes and culture. I have two exuberant boys – Jake (9) and Thomas (6) – who inspire me in unending ways. This website is a passion project, a marrying of two long-held dreams – to help raise our children’s wellbeing and to write.

The wellbeing of our children is a theme that has run through my studies, my teaching career and my parenting. I reached my conclusion pretty early on: that the best way to maximise our children’s wellbeing – now and into their futures – is to empower them to be themselves. What I’m still grappling with is how, exactly, do we do that?!

I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all answer. I also don’t think it’s as much about parenting strategies as it is about the way we show up for our children. This blog is me figuring out how to best show up for my boys, untangling the questions, mistakes and challenges I face as I go. 

My teaching experience and natural instincts have given me an advantage as a parent but all the writings here are personal, intended to share my experiences and perspectives, not to advise. Whether you concur or not, my hope is that my words will give you food-for-thought that will help you untangle your experience of motherhood.