author Emilie Leeks,

Sweet one,You never made it Into our arms. You never knew The joy your brothers and sisters Would bring to you. You never nestled Into your father's warm chest; You never found your strength At my breast. A spark of life, A...

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author Emilie Leeks,

Listening through our children's tears and other big feelings, rather than shushing, distracting or fixing things to get them to stop, feels quite alien at first for many of us. But once we have gained an understanding that expressing big emotions helps to 'clear the air' - to get us back to clear thinking and joyful living - there's no going back.

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author Emilie Leeks,

At the end, they all came rushing up to me triumphantly, showing off the PJs they had managed to put on, and breathing their minty breath at me! I'm not sure when we last got them ready for bed that quickly and with so much fun, and it has really inspired me to do more of the same - we all enjoyed it, and there was no nagging or fuss, just lots of laughter.

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author Emilie Leeks,

She is extremely capable for her age and always has been, but in the last (quite a) few months, she has been asking us to do pretty much everything for her - getting her dressed, doing her teeth, picking things up that she has dropped, etc etc. But this morning I suddenly realised that she was getting herself dressed.

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author Emilie Leeks,

Writing is what I do as part of my long-awaiting, much-needed self care - it's what lights me up and keeps me learning and growing. But it's taken me a long time to get here - a long time to be able to say 'The chores can wait'.

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