Finding appreciation
author By Emilie Leeks,

We are frequently grateful for the wonders that befall us;
A holiday, a beautiful gift, a well-timed compliment perhaps.
We sometimes remember to celebrate the everyday things in our lives;
Running water, food on the table, a roof over our heads.
If we're lucky, over time, we may even be able to find some appreciation
For the challenges we face;
The loss of a loved one, a betrayal, a longed-for future taken from us.

But how often do we remember to appreciate ourselves
Just as we are?

For all that we do for others
For all of what makes us the people we are
For all our successes -
And mistakes
For all the work we're doing
To be the best we can be.

If we can celebrate it all
Even - or especially -
Our imperfections
What a gift we will bring to our children.

We are all whole
We are all good

And we deserve to be reminded of that.

Red and yellow flower cliveden

A word or two about Journeys in Parenting; a responsive parenting community

Emilie is a Hand in Hand Parenting instructor, and was a paediatric speech and language therapist in her former life. She provides support and coaching for parents via the Journeys in Parenting community. Emilie lives in Berkshire in the UK with her husband and 3 children.

Journeys in Parenting is a community group for parents, carers and parents-to-be, who want to find out more about parenting in a responsive and peaceful way. The community offers information, advice and emotional support for this hard work we do as parents. The vision of the group is to be a safe space, where parents are supported in guiding their families in ways which: are respectful to children; meet the parents' needs; and lead to a more peaceful planet for all.

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