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Sometimes if I listen to culture, expectation appears to be a dirty word – or at the very least, something to be avoided and rarely applied to others. Particularly our children.

When did this happen? When did expectations become primarily associated with fear and anxiety?

I believe expectations are part of every aspect of life. They are the shared principles that form a home, the foundation of trust in relationships and clarity in the work context. They are understandings that allow for effective work partnerships and personal values that hold us to standards of both behaviour and thinking.

Expectations are those sometimes lofty ideals that lie well ahead of us, as well as the line in the sand at our feet. They are not to be feared nor to be despised when we fail. We all fail. And when we do, we dust the dirt off our feet and look up with gratitude because new mercies arrive every morning.

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.

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