Yesterday I went to visit a woman about a blessing and naming ceremony for her second-born child. She has a boy who is just about to turn one, who seemed full of energy and determination, as well as a little girl just two years and a couple of months old, who was into everything.. Her partner is currently working away on the rigs.
After just half an hour in her home, I was deeply inspired by the courage and grit of women who survive the experience of having two babies within a short period of time. Just keeping them both alive is a full-time occupation!
As the mother of just one boy, now eighteen years old and beginning to find his own way in the world, I was sharply reminded of how all consuming, exhausting, anxiety provoking – and often inadequately celebrated – is the task of nurturing children. Especially when you are on your own and/or have more than one child under the age of six to care for.
I felt moved to create this special award certificate, which I hope you will be inspired to print out and share with any women in your circle of family and friends who are currently mothering young children.
You can download the .pdf document in multiple versions here:-
When we began, what I wanted from my coaching sessions was to answer “How do I manage with a toddler and a new baby?” Ishara coached me to create an intention that went beyond just “managing” to having a “relaxed, joyful, loving first six months, feeling nurtured and supported…” The overall theme that emerged from my sessions was to “trust my instincts” which was very reassuring for a new mum.
I found Ishara to be a highly insightful coach who used her finely tuned listening and intuition to discover the underlying emotion behind what I brought to each coaching session. She also asked incredibly perceptive questions which allowed me to discover the bigger picture behind what I needed or looked to create.
I had six one-hour coaching sessions with Ishara, including both face-to-face and telephone coaching. The outcome from each session ranged from the very practical (e.g. have a discussion with my husband), to the personal (e.g. prioritise self-care), to the spiritual (e.g. create a ritual), and inspiring (e.g. be brave, independent and follow my impulse). Ishara handled my heightened post-birth emotions with gentleness and grace, and I felt very comfortable shedding a few tears during our coaching sessions.
She was also great at redirecting my toddler and settling my newborn in order for my coaching sessions to continue. I would highly recommend coaching sessions with Ishara, especially to women who are facing major life changes, such as pregnancy, birth and having a new baby.
Justine Ward, Bicton, WA
(Mum to James 2 years and Lachlan 7 weeks old)