Tag Archives: Mental Health

How to be a Good Enough Parent: A Case Study

One thing in common when deciding if you are a Good Enough Parent

After talking to many parents over the years, there is always one thing that holds them back from feeling like they are doing a great job of parenting: other people’s opinions.

How to be a Good Enough Parent: A Case Study

Case Study: Using the Pushchair

I remember having an unpleasant experience when walking down the street with my son when he was in his pushchair, several years ago. I was made to feel like I wasn’t a good enough parent. My son had been in a seat that had faced me until he was about 1 year old. We walked along and I spoke to him as we went. As he got older and taller, I used a pushchair that faced outwards. In my mind, he was then able to look around at the environment to learn more about his surroundings. I consciously made sure that I stopped the pushchair to speak to him now and again, pointing out things that he might not have seen before. We were always chatting!

I was quite confident with this method of walking around town with my son. That was, until a man and a woman stopped me in the street to tell me that, in their opinion, I shouldn’t be using this type of pushchair. Continue reading How to be a Good Enough Parent: A Case Study

Feeling Invisible

Autumn WalkI feel absolutely visible to the world most of the time but occasionally I feel like I am wearing Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak.  I have been pondering this feeling lately.  Am I the only person that feels like this?  Should I do something about this?  Is it all in my head?

When I am Visible

Each morning, I follow the same routine:  I get myself and my children ready for going out and walk out the door with a positive mind set.  After really focussing on becoming more positive in recent years, I go out  feeling hopeful that something good will happen.  Walking helps me to stay happy and content so I make sure I do quite a lot of it.  It works for me.

On our walks, I tend to greet everyone I meet with a smile.  We live in a small town where the people, often random strangers, stop to have a little chat.  Continue reading Feeling Invisible

Mental Health Awareness Week #SHHealthyMinds

Between 11th and 17th May, I was challenged by Simply Health to tweet at least one positive thing every day, using the #SHHealthyMinds hashtag for Mental Health Awareness Week.  Thinking positively can help many of us in our everyday lives, as well as those experiencing mental health issues. Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week #SHHealthyMinds