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June 18, 2017

On fat shaming. Where a 15 year olds’ poetry packs some serious power.

It’s rather ridiculous isn’t it, that we as adults and parents pose as bearers of truths that we think children are yet to learn?  But think about it.  A child is innately joyful, playful and spontaneous until we get involved!  They don’t need telling how to be curious or even humane.  They know that feeling connected to each other is the top and bottom of life itself which is why they cry when they need picking up; that’s why they yell when they think something is unjust. They are naturals at real life. We are often the ones lost in the fuzz and fog of our fear- laced experience. Umbilika is a firm believer that adults are not here to teach children […]
March 22, 2017

How our own wounds influence our parenting and how kids heal us.

“The very most profound thing we have to offer our children is our own healing.” – Anne Lammot You know that a-ha moment you get when you become a parent; that moment of sheer fear mixed with utter disbelief that something so small has had such a massive impact on your life, on your very being? That very moment that shatters your view of life so instantaneously is no accident. It is the Big-Bang, cosmic star-stuff that life is made of. It is the jigger that our own evolution is geared to. When you have a child you HAVE to grow. It’s in the unwritten, unseen contract you signed when you chose to become a parent. The small print is so fine […]
March 20, 2017

Appreciation: The fast track way to Parenting success.

Every night, from the day each of my two children was born, I would whisper into their tiny ears, “You are wonderful just as you are.  You are whole and complete. You are perfect. There is nothing more you need to do. Your very existence is more than enough. We are privilaged to have you in our lives.”   I still say this to them now, as they pass me like giant ships in the night, on their less frequent visits to the family home, and yes, they do roll their deep brown eyes at me and smirk a little from beneath their hairy chins, but I will always say this to them and frankly, they never really protest. Why do I still […]
March 9, 2017

Childhood Obesity. They just don’t get it!

No one is denying that obesity is growing problem in the First World, not just amongst children but for adults too. However, the perspective that mainstream science, allopathic medicine and governments take, is seriously lacking in approach, knowledge and long term efficacy. Why? 1. It doesn’t take into account the non-physical, multi-layered reasons for obesity and indeed all health issues. 2.This current move of the NSW government is tantamount to naming and shaming both parent and child.  The attitude taken is hardly protective, in fact, it’s the opposite. 3.It is discriminatory, divisive, and dismissive. 4.It breaches boundaries of the child, the parent and the teacher.  Teachers are not police or social workers, they are trained to educate.   The last thing an overweight […]