Character-Building Kids Books | ‘Peck, Peck, Peck’ by Lucy Cousins

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

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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 

Toy Rotation Sparks Elation! (9-12 Months: Week 3) | Simplify Your Home

Suddenly it’s like they have all new toys to play with – despite the fact that none of these toys are new to us, and we only own a very limited selection. Their concentration is renewed and they delve into independent play (although, being best friends, they do often end up playing together too… Continue reading Toy Rotation Sparks Elation! (9-12 Months: Week 3) | Simplify Your Home

Capsule Wardrobes for Messy Mums part 1: Intervention! | Self-Care Series

A little while back I decided that it was time to get my Mojo back. I was sick and tired of being this beige, dishevelled, mumsy mum – I felt like a shadow of my former self, depleted, washed-out. At 10 months pp, it was high time to start looking after myself again… Continue reading Capsule Wardrobes for Messy Mums part 1: Intervention! | Self-Care Series

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

Toy Rotation Sparks Elation! (9-12 Months: Week 2) | Simplify Your Life

In my last post I mentioned the prohibitive cost of baskets & trays, and that I have been using cardboard boxes as a thrift substitute. Well last week I came upon these lovely basket/trays in Home Bargains for £2.50! We’ll be road-testing them this week and I will let you know how they work out… Continue reading Toy Rotation Sparks Elation! (9-12 Months: Week 2) | Simplify Your Life

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!)