author Emilie Leeks,

"Connection is the Heart of life. True connection brings us Joy, Companionship, Understanding, Compassion, Acceptance."

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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,

"What I am learning, slowly, painfully, is that the difference between the days of lightness and laughter, and the days of drudgery or frustration or anger, lie not in the children, or in the things they are doing. The difference is in me. It's how resourced I am in terms of both inner (sense of peace) and outer (getting the help I need) resources. The difference stems not from the circumstances in which I find myself, rather it is in how I feel about what is happening around me."

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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,

It's so hard to see our children in pain - and sometimes our path to helping them to feel better must include actions which make them afraid, or might hurt them somewhat, in the short term. Children's (and adults') brains and bodies...

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