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!)

Toy Rotation Sparks Elation! (9-12 Months: Week 1) | Simplify Your Life

Sausage and Bean LOVE our homemade ring stacker. I bought the kitchen roll holder on Amazon, and the rings are a combination of charity shop bangles in various materials, the rings from a discontinued Ikea plush stacker, and one of the toys from this gorgeous Ikea baby Gym.

Obviously, the ultimate aim is for them to stack the rings. But right now, according to the Wonder Weeks people, my boys are still enjoying deconstruction (I can definitely vouch for that!). They get real pleasure from pulling things apart, knocking things down, and tipping things out of containers. It might seem destructive, or chaotic, but they are learning important lessons about gravity, volume, speed & trajectory… Continue reading Toy Rotation Sparks Elation! (9-12 Months: Week 1) | Simplify Your Life

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

Bespoke Parents; Unique Kids

It doesn’t take long for the inspired parent-to-be to discover that there’s a dizzying array of parenting advice, products, ideals and methodologies. Pre-kids, I was a perfectionist, with a background in teaching child development classes for 0-5s and a keen interest in the psychology of attachment. I thought it was a simple as doing your research, choosing the ‘best’ method (scientifically- and morally-speaking), and sticking … Continue reading Bespoke Parents; Unique Kids