Welcome to the Happy Parent podcast!

Welcome to the Happy Parent podcast.

I love the podcast format. It’s highly personal and lends itself to friendly informality, which I have found enriching as a listener. It’s also easy to enjoy on the go (I frequently listen on a walk or commute) or when doing something else like housework. It also works well for conversations or interviews – which is something I hope to do more of on this podcast (watch this space).

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy it this first episode (and thanks for bearing with me as I figure it all out!).

Rethinking my relationship with my anger


I’ve been reading Russell Kolts’ brilliant book The Compassionate Mind Approach to Managing Your Anger, and I have just had a big perspective shift.

One of the attributes of the Compassionate Mind approach is non-judgement, which includes not classifying emotions as either good or bad. They just are. Continue reading “Rethinking my relationship with my anger”

Self-coaching exercise: Examining your emotional response to a trigger

This exercise can be hugely revealing when you find yourself responding emotionally to a trigger, but are left not sure where to go next. Or if your emotional response is powerful and leads you to act in ways you don’t like, be it angry, sad, or anxious. Continue reading “Self-coaching exercise: Examining your emotional response to a trigger”

Finding your passion

You might read this title and think, wait, how can anyone need help finding their passion? If you’re passionate about something then surely you know it, maybe even can’t escape it, right?

Well….not always. For starters, we’re all super busy with the stuff of life – working, mowing the lawn, keeping little people fed/clean/alive, paying bills, fixing stuff around the house, switching energy providers, doing the admin of life, taking out the rubbish, and wait, is it already time to mow the lawn again?

It’s so easy to go from one thing to the next without having anything that is just for you, something you care about, something that allows you to learn and grow and develop and express yourself, something that gives you space to lose yourself in the flow of it. Continue reading “Finding your passion”

Dinner on the table – tips for busy parents

I think we’ve all been there: you’re walking in the door with your kids coming back from the nursery or childminder’s and a full day of work. You’ve got your bags and your kids school stuff (often with an oddly-shaped-but-extremely-fragile-and-difficult-to-carry craft project your kid made at school – what’s up with that?). You walk in, throw the stuff down, set the baby down, help the kid get his shoes off. All you really want to do is sit down and have a cup of tea and five minutes to yourself but you also know you needed to start dinner about five minutes ago and the baby has started chewing the legs of the furniture for good measure (no? just me?).

Continue reading “Dinner on the table – tips for busy parents”

Recipe: Black Bean Quesadillas

This is a quick and easy veggie option that my little boy loves. This recipe includes very little seasoning, but could easily take some seasoning in the beans if you feel more adventurous. Similarly, I like a jar of salsa for the convenience, but if you prefer more foods from scratch you could whip up some homemade salsa or guacamole rather easily or just use freshly chopped tomatoes instead.

Continue reading “Recipe: Black Bean Quesadillas”