Conversations with Jackie Hall

  • Kids Are An Interruption To My Life. Ouch!

    It escalated until I came to breaking point and shouted at them in my clenched-teeth way when I lose control. They instantly quietened down and went to bed, but I felt awful! That’s not the way to end the day. However I’d done it and I couldn’t take it back.

  • A Self-Harmer Taught Me An Important Lesson

    I was working with a young 17 year old girl with depression and a history of self-harming and she taught me such a valuable lesson in parenting that I want to share with as many parents as possible. She said: “My mum just doesn’t get it.

  • Money Stress Makes Me An Unhappy Parent

    Money, or the lack of it as the case may be, is not causing your unhappiness. It’s what you think the lack of money means about you, your life, or your kids’ life. My proof of that is, does everyone who is not rich feel the same sense of lack and the stress that comes with this feeling?

  • Get It Right. You HAVE To Be Perfect.

    Who on earth made that rule?!! Umm, I hate to say this…but you did. We often hear in the parenting community that there is so much pressure on parents to get it right and do everything perfectly.

  • Children Want To Have An Opinion. Don’t You?

    Today's society is not like when you or I were growing up. The "children should be seen and not heard" rule doesn't really seem to apply in today's society. Or if it does, it seems to be to the detriment of the connection between the parent and the child.

  • What Are You Like To Live With?

    They were whinging, clinging, the house was a mess, dishes everywhere, dinner trying to be cooked, I'm tired. I don't want to be dealing with any of this. It's been a long day and I'm hanging for my husband to come home to help take the load off.

  • Drowning In Parenthood? Start Here.

    Quite often I read the posts of people introducing themselves on my Live programs, and I think “Wow, you’ve got so much going on. Where should we start first.” So this post is to help those of you who are feeling this way about your life and parenthood. What do you want?

  • 5 Steps to Being Organised

    Because your perception is of being time poor, I’m just going to give you those 5 steps straight up. What do you want? Be specific. What does organised look like? Write it down. Write down everything that is in your day/week that needs attention and how much time that would take to get those things done.

  • No Time Out? Then This Post Is For You.

    Time becomes a luxury when you are a parent, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy time for yourself. But here’s the problem…. You know how I always say that what you put your attention on expands in that direction? Well, if you keep looking at your life with an “I don’t have time” mindset, you'll keeping finding evidence of how you are lacking in time!

  • I Don’t Even Know Who I Am Anymore

    Becoming a parent is a HUGE transition and often, we don’t deliberately take the time to mentally adjust to the change. We get stuck in identifying ourselves with the past and what life used to be like, but the reality is (there’s that bloody reality again, lol) that life HAS changed and it CAN’T be the way it used to be.