author Emilie Leeks,

"Remember your worth, reignite your power, or find those who will remind you, re-light you."

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author Emilie Leeks,

"I hope you can forgive me this indulgent, contemplative, celebratory post. And I hope you can also find value in it, and take heart in noticing your own areas of resistance, and your steps through them; because these are the circumstances that bring us the toughest challenges, but simultaneously the most significant personal growth."

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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,

"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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