Nikki Smith

My Story

I landed into motherhood with a thud. I say landed loosely because it was more of a feeling of falling & falling HARD…

After the traumatic delivery of my first daughter and once home discovering that she would sleep no longer then two hours both day and night, we later found that she had been misdiagnosed with lactase intolerance and unfortunately had a severe case of esophageal reflux, we had tried everything! Crying it out (as suggested to me by the ‘well meaninged’ midwife) leaving her in her cot for timed intervals then responding minutes later, I tried long walks and 3am car trips, only to pull into the driveway an hour later and her eyes would Spring open, wide awake!

Long and heated discussions with well meaning family members, isolation, little contact with friends and family and a husband working two hours away, I was clearly a time bomb of emotions about to go off.

I was robotic for most of the first ten months post partum, I was quite the opposite of myself, unemotional and deliriously unhappy. My husband lost his job and we had to move in with my parents. Obviously this was not ‘in my plan!’

On my birthday my husband forgot to buy me a card. This was the beginning of my breakdown. But ultimately the beginning of me as a mother, the breakthrough that I needed. An attachment parenting view came to mind, completely unintentionally and without even knowing what that was. I started to trust myself as a mum and I began to listen to my intuition.

We as parents decided to live consciously and make decisions based on what felt right for us. Our eldest daughter was in fact our greatest teacher.

This leads me to here, Earthway Parenting.  As a Registered Nurse & a Child & Family Nurse I thought I already ‘knew’ all the things about birthing & bringing up a baby, little did I know, I really had no idea!  But that is & was OK! As humans we are ALWAYS learning if we choose to listen.

I felt like there was something missing…. I had a strong desire to create a safe space for parents to feel and share without judgement.  I felt like there was a gap between orthodox parenting & natural parenting coming from a professional perspective. So I started writing.

The development of the Beyond Birth Workshop and then the Toddler Talk Workshop began.  I felt inspired to develop and share these programs so that as new parents either starting out on your new journey or already amongst the throes of toddler-hood, could learn how to parent from your heart space, raise your children gently whilst living and thinking consciously about how you want to be as evolving parents, together.

We are ALWAYS evolving and learning.

For you, the research and evidence based gentle parenting tools have been developed into easy and interactive workshops to empower you so that you leave feeling knowledgeable and confident in your new journey as parents.

My intentions are simple. Lifting the veil on parenting peacefully, to create positive change and conscious communication at a grassroots approach.  By cultivating a relationship with yourselves, and each other, peace can then start to happen at home. This then spreads itself throughout the little people that you are raising. By parenting consciously and from your heart space, attachment parenting tools for infancy, gentle discipline, and creating the space for emotional development, will become second nature for you on your unique journey as parents.

So journey with me, let’s create change within your home together so that peace, love and kindness is sprinkled around, therefore bringing forth a more peaceful world. Let’s create some kind of magic.

Love & Light, Nikki x

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