If you want to go a little deeper than “How was school?” (which I find gets the same one word response everyday!) these questions may help you open up a whole new world of more meaningful conversation with your little people. It’s all about giving them the chance to talk about what matters to them. Little humans generally don’t have the skills yet to initiate a deeper conversation so as their adult influencers we can get them started. It can be a lot of fun, and it can also allow them to access things that are lying deep just waiting to be shared!
I didn’t set out to become a single parent. The reality is that families form in many varieties these days, and slowly the old judgements are fading. Family to me has never been about the traditional. My parents separated when I was twelve in a fairly amicable way. This doesn’t mean that it was easy, it most definitely affected me deeply. Perhaps it even shaped me in ways that I have not been able to comprehend or accept fully yet.
THE JOY OF KEEPING IT REAL: It’s OK if things are not OK. You don’t have to have your shit together, organised, tidy or perfect. In fact, there is no such thing as a perfect anything, and if someone appears to have their shit together all the time, I worry. If you let go of the concept of perfection and embrace the beauty of imperfection, you will be able to usher in more freedom and release a lot of the pressure that our modern world tends to impose. More freedom equals more joy.