How to get more #patient with children?Patience, children and little hands

How to get more #patient with children?Patience, children and little hands Claire Samuel

Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls.
But every day I’m growing –
I’ll be grown some day
And all those tiny handprints
Will surely fade away.
So here’s a little handprint
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.”

May we always remember this. May we learn patience. May we grow as a mother but also as a woman so that children are not guilty when they become adults.

#homebirth series: is #breastfeeding easier when #birthing at home? – episode 9

#homebirth series: is breastfeeding easier when #birthing at home? episode 9 Claire Samuel

Breastfeeding has not been that easy at first. I had trouble positioning my newborn so she could latch on properly. I almost got discouraged during the first days. However, I was very determined to breastfeed, so much that I had started attending the local La Leche League meetings when I was four months pregnant. I loved being surrounded by mothers breastfeeding their babies. This was exactly what I needed: not abstract theory but practical example from other women. After a week of trial and error, I eventually managed to get a good position to feed my newborn daughter, so that she would not take too much air when feeding. When I started going to La Leche League meetings with my own baby this time, things got even easier. Breastfeeding became a natural part of my daily life. Breastfeeding was tremendously helped by learning the skill of babywearing. Hence, carrying my baby against my heart allowed me to feed her discreetly anywhere. If giving birth at home does not mean than breastfeeding will be automatically an easy task, it has secondary benefits. Thus, giving birth at home, enjoying the first nights with baby from the comfort of my own bed and being surrounded by a familiar environment meant for me I had more energy and peace. Whenever the life of a new mother is made easy in some way, she can enjoy peace of mind and the strength to learn this ancestral and beautiful art: breastfeeding her baby.

What is this face mummy? #self awareness and learning from my #children

What is this face mummy? #self awareness and learning from my #children - Claire Samuel

I learn every day from my children. I love when my son asked: “What is this face mummy?”. He reminds me in a humorous way that the present moment is far more valuable than all the worries I can make dance inside my head. He reminds me that anxiety shows on the face and make the corners of my mouth fall down. I am glad for his little reminders which make me laugh and bring gratitude back into my life, gratitude for being alive, here, now.