Last week was so hard, there was so much emotion washing through my head and heart. From the joy of my youngest turning 11 and the remembrance of the start of his life to the sadness of losing a member of my wider family on the same day and the stress and anxiety brought on… Continue reading Week 8 – the hardest one yet!
if there is going to be any attempt to return our children to school (please God they will be returning to something that resembles a routine that only involves me at the very beginning of the day and at the end!) then I have some ideas about how this could happen that might work better than just ‘Everybody back to school, now!’
As I write this we are just a couple of weeks into these new ‘stay at home: save lives’ times: an effective lockdown situation in which we cannot meet with others face to face, except at a distance, not least because most places that would be meeting places are closed due to concerns about the… Continue reading Mentoring in a Pandemic
I am a long term youth worker and supporter of youth workers. I am passionate about the support that youth workers need, whether that’s at the beginning of their youth work journey or after many years of experience. There are few different ways of offering this support and this post will look more closely at… Continue reading Mentoring and Practice Supervision
This week we have fared better, it has felt less emotionally stressful and more like this way of life is becoming ‘normal’, for better or worse! I’m really aware that there are many for whom it is an especially difficult and even unsafe position to be in and my heart goes out to those who… Continue reading End of Week Two – Stay At Home Save Lives
It’s fair to say that in our house, along with the rest of the world, it’s been a week of mixed emotions, there’s been ups and downs, tears and laughter. There’s a lot to be thankful for alongside the frustrations of self-quarantine/lockdown/isolation whichever word you’re using in your circumstances. The good: The sun has been… Continue reading End of Week One – Stay At Home Save Lives
My youngest is 10 and I can’t quite believe where the time has gone. How can he be the long-legged pre-teen he is now, when just yesterday he was a bouncy smiley baby? I have changed jobs 4 times in 10 years. Workwise 10 years ago feels lost in the mists of memory. I have… Continue reading 10 years is a long time and no time at all
Isn’t it fascinating how much is passed down from one generation to another? There’s genetics and the scientific building blocks of our body shape, skin colour, eye and hair colour, including in some cases, illnesses etc. There’s also the traits we have picked up via the nurture (or otherwise) of our parents or caregivers. I’ve… Continue reading The Hospitality ‘Gene’
This phrase, that began life as the title of a self-help book more than 30 years ago, and has spawned a whole industry of its own, is particularly relevant for me this week as various things have collided together making me more anxious than I would have been previously about going on holiday. I recognise… Continue reading Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
If you are a Christian parent of teenagers then chances are you’re looking for a good resource you can share with them that will help them to understand more about faith and life. You might have seen that I recently critiqued a book that I very definitely do not recommend you give to your teenager… Continue reading Teenagers and Faith – what do they need to know?