Now, when I am ill or tired or overwhelmed, or it’s star week, instead of fighting to be the perfect mum/wife/person, I say F*ck it. Chuck it. I declare it a Bucket Day… Continue reading The Perfection Deception: The Importance of ‘Bucket’ Days | Self-Care Series
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!)
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
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
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
It all started when I discovered the KonMari method. At first I felt like this would be a great idea… one day. Because clearly I was not going to get the opportunity to do it properly any time soon… Continue reading KonMari vs. 40 Bags in 40 Days | Simplify Your Life
I one hundred percent want to fight for my kids’ rights to be kids, and not worry what other people think. Unfortunately, I am human, and get all too self-conscious about the dirty looks from people when my babies are being noisy or messy in restaurants, for example… Continue reading Letting Kids Be Kids vs. Fear of Others.
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