author Emilie Leeks,

"We see you on the good days when things are going well - when your children are happy, when you've played and found the fun, when you've managed to get something healthy on the table. And we see you on the hard days - the days when you shout at your kids, when you feed them nothing but toast for their tea, when you can't speak for all the hurt you're carrying inside."

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author Emilie Leeks,

Our children bring so much love, so much joy, so much fun to our lives: on some days, parenting is good. Other days, no amount of love feels like enough to get you through, and the fun and laughter feel impossible to find. What I am...

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author Emilie Leeks,

"It's so hard as a parent. We work long hours with little support - whether that's all day at home, or heading into the office and then back again to continue with the work of parenting. There's too much to do (or we just want some alone time) so we go to bed late. And then 9 out of 10 times (if we're lucky!) our kids wake us multiple times in the night. Or if not that, then far earlier than we'd like. We're always on the back foot."

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author Emilie Leeks,

What I'm talking about here is acceptance. Not the resigning-myself-to-my-fate, doom-and-gloom sort of acceptance, but instead a hopeful, forward-looking, getting unstuck sort of acceptance. If I can sit, in those supremely challenging moments, with the feelings that come up for me ('this is impossible' 'nothing will ever change' 'I've wrecked my kids' - whatever it might be), but not be simultaneously faced with the burden of having to change it right now, I can find a little peace.

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author Emilie Leeks,

"So, even though it is incredibly tough some days, and even though we risk failure on a regular and heart-breaking basis, we also risk success; we risk change - and it might be exactly the change our family needs to turn the hard stuff on its head and to shift us into a new groove. A groove that will pull our family dynamic into a more joyful, more peaceful, more contented way of being."

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