Character-Building Kids Books: ‘Peck, Peck, Peck’ by Lucy Cousins | Encouraging Gender Equality, Independence & Perseverance 

We’ve made it our mission to seek out the very best children’s books to fill our twins’ library. After all, children are deeply impressionable – their minds are sponges, soaking up influences from all around them. As parents, it’s up to us to provide resources that will nurture our little ones’ minds and personalities, embody the values we’d wish them to adopt and entertain and delight them to boot! The latter being arguably the most important, since a love of literacy opens the door to a bright and tolerant future… Continue reading Character-Building Kids Books: ‘Peck, Peck, Peck’ by Lucy Cousins | Encouraging Gender Equality, Independence & Perseverance 

When Gentle Parenting feels impossible | 15 Day-to-Day Coping Strategies 

I love Gentle Parenting. I would consider myself a Gentle Parent. But man oh man is it tough sometimes. There are days when I literally feel like the worst parent in the world – that I am screwing up my kids and all of this effort is for nothing because, if I can’t be gentle 24/7, then surely they’re going to suffer the same detrimental effects as if I just subscribed to mainstream parenting… Continue reading When Gentle Parenting feels impossible | 15 Day-to-Day Coping Strategies 

I’ll raise them rude | Sexual Abuse Prevention

There’s a huge emphasis on raising good kids. Polite kids. Respectful kids. We’d like our youngsters to be hyper-aware of social nuances and considerate not to hurt the feelings of others. I’d like this too. Up to a point… Here’s where I often put noses out of joint:
I will actively prevent other people from touching my babies. Well-meaning people, who just want to pinch their cheeks or squidge their little tummies, or stroke their hair, or scoop them up into a cuddle… Continue reading I’ll raise them rude | Sexual Abuse Prevention

5 Easter Gifts for Kids (That AREN’T chocolate!)

I’m not saying it’s wrong to give chocolate eggs, but there is so much choice that you hardly need a blog post to work out what would be suitable! But what if you would rather not give chocolate or sweets? Either you are wanting to limit unhealthy foods, or spend money on something that will endure a little longer than Easter Weekend… Continue reading 5 Easter Gifts for Kids (That AREN’T chocolate!)

Half-baked Montessori Home | Montessori for Beginners

Imagine the perfect Montessori home. It’s calm, beautiful, and completely child-friendly. Little Timmy can just toddle around at will, helping himself to snacks, drinks & activities. He is an independent and active part of the family – cleaning up his own messes, helping prepare food, caring for house plants, and being in charge of his own self-care routines… Continue reading Half-baked Montessori Home | Montessori for Beginners

Be a Bespoke Daddy, not a Feckless Father | Fatherhood Matters

The current image of fathers that society proliferates is of well-meaning oafs – Feckless Fathers, who are more interested in their own work/hobbies than in their children. They shy away from hard or dirty jobs like discipline or changing nappies. Or worse, combat ‘bad’ behaviour with totalitarian dictatorship… Continue reading Be a Bespoke Daddy, not a Feckless Father | Fatherhood Matters