Regression

Regression

We are experiencing a period of regression with Gilbert at the moment. A time where he is so stressed out that he is returning to past obsessions and special interests to find comfort and normality in the new. We first saw the signs in New Zealand. While he ended up...
Resilience Matters

Resilience Matters

Sponsored by Australian Scholarships Group Resilience. One of the most important lifelong skills that you can ever possess. It is on my mind a lot these days, for a number of reasons. At work, I’m assisting in the roll-out of an office-wide resilience program to...
5 Tips for Taking Kids Overseas

5 Tips for Taking Kids Overseas

We have just returned from our best holiday ever. Without a lie, our very best experience as a family. Which is amazing, considering how worried and stressed we were going in. The three little bears enjoying the view from the lookout at Lake Taupo We took a chance and...
Reality Check

Reality Check

It’s funny how you go about life with inbuilt assumptions and unconscious beliefs even though you consider yourself reasonably rational and unbiased. That’s human nature, I guess, but it still catches me by surprise from time to time. I’m 38, open...
Pushing Too Far

Pushing Too Far

These last few weeks have been full-on in the Russell house. It is going to be a busy end to a big year. And the strain is beginning to show, especially with Gilbert. He has had an extraordinary year. Everyone who knows him knows how hard he has worked this year. We...

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