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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author Emilie Leeks,

We have so many pressures weighing on us, so many distractions to drag us away, that spending our day trying to balance these demands, whilst also putting our focus fully onto each of our children, can mean playing ends up seeming like just another 'must do' on the list. And when we don't manage it? We can end up feeling guilty that we're not giving them everything that we could, not giving them our best. So what if there were a way, in just a few minutes each day, to know that we have really given our children some fantastic quality time, which will really fill their cup - and ours as well?

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author Emilie Leeks,

deserve to be here in this world, and that we have a right to be loved and cared for by others. In short, we love ourselves. But gradually we lose this sense of our 'right' to be here, of our self love, and when we talk to ourselves it is with a negative inner voice, that points out to us all that we are doing wrong, all that we are that is not good enough. So our listener brings us back to that inner voice, becomes that inner voice - that voice that quietly whispers through their mere presence that we are worth it, that we are good, that we are enough just as we are.

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