September 28, 2017

Till Facebook Do Us Part

Is technology creating a rift in your marriage? While technology and social media have been great at helping us connect with those far away from us, sadly, they often distance us from those that are closest. There’s no denying that technology is an integral part of our lives, but sometimes not setting appropriate boundaries and priorities can damage relationships. It’s very rare that I see a couple for therapy without social media or the use of smartphones being brought up as a vital issue. In fact, one of the most common ways that a spouse’s infidelity is discovered these days, is via instant messaging. While many couples blame social media for the breakdown in their marriages, it is important to […]
September 25, 2017

The Side-Effects of BUSY

The current year has been my busiest yet. I’ve functioned like a hamster on a wheel…there was no time to stop to think…I just kept going. Until one day, not too long ago, an acquaintance asked me a question – a question we’re all asked every day; only this time it was different. The question was ‘HOW ARE YOU?’. The difference was that this person asked in a tone of compassion (realising my elevated stress levels – mainly stress about other people). This person listened for an answer. I answered honestly because I knew I was being listened to, but I continued to think about this question long after this brief conversation was over. I hadn’t had time to think […]
September 21, 2017

The 7 Ps of Parenting

Raising Emotionally Healthy Children I always try to make things easy to remember, hence packaging my parenting tips as the ‘Seven Ps of Parenting’. The first P is one that you’re unlikely to find in any parenting handbook, yet one that I find crucial to effective parenting; and that is PUT YOURSELF FIRST. It sounds counter-intuitive because as parents we are meant to be selfless and self-sacrificing. The truth is, if you are not physically and emotionally healthy, then you are not able to be as effective in your parenting. Putting everyone else before you and trying to juggle several responsibilities can lead to lifestyle diseases and burnout. And think about it for a moment – if you had to […]
September 17, 2017

What’s in Your Bag?

During a recent trip to Europe I experienced the most excruciating pain that I’ve ever known. My face may not have shown it – but it was the type of pain that keeps one up at night, pacing about because no medication or treatment helped. But I’ve gotten to a stage in my life where instead of moping about difficulties, I try to find meaning. Whether I found it, or created it, it inspired this article – because one of the major contributing factors to my pain was my HANDBAG – my constant companion, which has over time become an extension of myself.  I’m like a modern day Mary Poppins…my bag has everything i might need on any given day. […]