Being so far away from family is poignant at Christmas time. In a way it is sad, but being able to speak on the phone or Skype or Facebook makes it much easier and in a way helps to take away the sadness and feelings of longing to be with your loved ones at this time of year. I have been away for many many years so I am used to it, I always talk to my parents and Skype with them so it’s not sad, but joyous to be able to connect with them. And for them it is wonderful to talk to and see their British grandchildren on the other side of the world on Christmas day. For those who are experiencing life away from their families for the first time, perhaps with a newborn or with young children, I wish you all the best and hope you’ve been able to connect with your families this week.

The week between Christmas and New Year is usually pretty busy. In Britain, some people go back to work for a few days, others travel around visiting family, and some just stay put and spend the time together with their own families doing things they don’t have time to do during term time. It’s a great time to take stock, celebrate our lives and think about the future. Heidi Walker is a Life Coach and Parent Effectiveness Trainer who writes reflection activities for her clients and parents. They are really good activities which can help you to connect with yourself whilst preparing for 2013. I urge you to take a look.

Happy New Year.


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