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Uncategorized / MAR ‘2018

Editor’s Note: Summer 2018

While Offspring is a mainstream family lifestyle magazine, I love to include juicier topics around spirituality and personal development for mums, as well as more pervasive child-rearing issues

Words Kate Durack

PHOTOS spirituality

I think this is an interesting edition, with a change of tone, to incorporate what I feel are more “Real” issues we face as parents, and as women.

In our last issue I shared details of my recent experience with depression, where I felt overwhelmed by pressures to combine both career and motherhood, which resulted in hospitalisation earlier this year (Editor’s Note, Winter 2017). Here, I mentioned how two energy healers, Yvette and Brenda, helped lift me from the darkness.

After numerous inquiries from readers, it was fitting to include an article about these healers and their modalities, and how these alternative methods help people overcome emotional struggles (“Spiritual Healing,” p32).

Stating the obvious, perhaps, but if we are happier and truer to ourselves, we are better mothers who have more to give – more patience, more insight, more love, for our children – creating happier families and hopefully a stronger, more insightful next generation.

If we are happier and truer to ourselves, we are better mothers who have more to give – more patience, more insight, more love, for our children.

My personal, introspective journey this year has involved various spiritual and emotional experiences, including the Path of Love retreat in the Hunter Valley, NSW. This course is a powerful, transformational inquiry into helping people become more fulfilled, happier and ultimately having a more authentic life. You can read about this in “Path of Love,” p24.

Inspiration can be found from One Million Women founder, Natalie Isaacs, a grandmother and mother of four, who has identified mothers as the Number One influence affecting household carbon blueprint. She has created a huge following online, where she offers advice on how mothers can make a quantifiable difference to pollution levels, as well as save money on our power bills. Her story: “Mother of Earth,” p18.

Chris Pritchard’s article, “Mirror, mirror on the wall,” (p28) is confronting. Like many mothers, I have been focused on helping my children avoid self-esteem challenges, but, I didn’t really consider a back swing – Narcissism. Have we swung the pendulum too far? This article is thought-provoking.

Like many mothers, I have been focused on helping my children avoid self-esteem challenges, but, I didn’t really consider a back swing - Narcissism.

This edition includes our annual “Having a Baby” special feature, to help Mums-to-be in welcoming their most precious gift – a newborn child.

We also have a Christmas Gift Guide, which might inspire you to find some lovely finds for loved ones.

Speaking of loved ones, I thank my very patient and special children, Helena and Jarvis, and my family; as well as the important people who work hard to continue to make Offspring a strong, free, magazine for us all to enjoy – Jess Loudoun, Steve Lilywhite, Elle Higham, Jess Watson, as well as the many other contributors.

Happy Christmas and I hope 2018 is special for you and your families.

Kate Durack

xxx

Kate Durack