RSPCA NSW is desperate to clear its overcrowded shelters so the price of adopting a pet will be cut to $29. It's not just dogs and cats but even goats, ponies and pigs looking for homes. Some have spent more than 100 days waiting for a new family.
Normal adoption procedures and checks will still apply.
A couple of weeks ago after taking the kids out for dinner I grabbed a couple of beers and went to the skate park, tire them out so they crash without fighting.
There were 2 kids there, long blonde haired kids who's skating skills defied the laws of gravity and who spoke kindly, respectfully to the younger less talented kids like mine.
And I met Denim, their dad.
With long hair and an obvious story to tell, we started chatting.
I was intrigued by these children, while my son complains that he needs his fortieth pair of shoes for the month and picking his nose in front of the school principal these guys are winning state competitions, training younger kids and have an incredible ability to connect with adults.
They must have a mum with her shit way more together then me. Their dad must be totally strict and focused.....
Well that night I learnt that these children were pulled out of school against all advice, without even home schooling and driven around Australia on a quest to skate every single skate park in the country.
You see a few years ago Denim had the horrific job of telling these two gorgeous boys that their mum had died by suicide. After that period of indescribable hardship Denim decided they need to pick up and leave, giving away or throwing away all of his possessions and embarking on a trip of healing with no time frames or certain direction, he told me that he let his children "choose their day" if they saw something they wanted to do, they just did it.
Schools said no, they said the boys will be held down a year, police even pulled him over questioning why the kids weren't at school. But Denim followed his parenting instincts and gave the boys what they needed to heal. All on a modest single parents pension, which we all know couldn't have been easy.
They decided to hold their heads high and made a pact to make mum proud and speak of her only in the light and never dwell on the darkness.
Upon returning Denim asked the schools for 1 request, don't hold them down. They have grown and healed a lot, please just let them try in their own years. The school agreed and what do you know? They flew through the year.
Not to mention the boys both won "king of the concrete" 1st and 2nd in the state and have 3-4 sponsors each. Pretty fucking rad for high school kids.
It's just reinforces my beliefs that everyone's doing what they believe their kids need and some times the most unconventional parenting turns out to be the most beneficial.
Proud to know these kids and call Denim a new friend. 💗💗💗💗
What happens when we put too much pressure on mothers?
Once after having 1 child I asked my dad how on earth my nanna did it with 11?
My dad responded that she wasn't given half the pressures I was.
She didn't have to go to the bank, the supermarket everyday, she wasn't expected to look a million bucks straight after birth and she never put pressure on her kids to have reached all of their miles stones by the age of 3 weeks, have the house clean and own a thermomix..
She just hung out with her kids and enjoyed them.
So how do we do it, with all of the pressure we are put under?
Well a lot of us don't actually enjoy our kids, we are only half present for them all of the time due to the constant pressure to have everything perfect.
To go to the gym, answer that email, pay that bill, cook that organic kale, blend it, get it into a patty so no one knows it's kale, get to the doctors.... The washing! Petrol in the car.... colour your god dam greys! Make the kids lunches cos if you order them again you will be JUDGED!
Meanwhile we are losing the time to be present the with our children, half listening to them, preoccupied, nodding along while our brains are thinking "fuck now Video Easy is taking legal action on that $12 fine"
Yesterday in a seminar we did an experiment, we partnered up and told a story, half way through the story our partners were ordered to stop listening. They looked away, yawned, preoccupied their minds, replied to an email while we were telling them something we believed interesting.
And guess how it made me feel? Boring, embarrassed for not being able to interest anyone, unworthy and insignificant.
Is that what this busy life is making my kids feel?
Today I woke up with a desire to take a deep breath and let it all go, I don't really care about the new blinds I had ordered or making the house decent so that my mates don't think I've lost the plot.
But I really care about my time with my kids and how they feel about themselves.
And I'm not going to let outside pressures and "Super mum" ideals take that away from me. 👊🏽👑
Be interested what you think of this. Following our post on sleepovers which reached half a millon parents, just below on the page, discussion of how teens can get out of bad spots while saving face is a useful addition. Does this idea make sense to you?
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