Everyone knows that parents need support – as the saying goes, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. But we are living in an era where families are far-flung. Friendships are transient, neighbours don’t speak and independence is prized above all else.
How on earth are we to rely on support networks that, for many of us, simply aren’t there? Continue reading Facebook Saved My Parenting! How to Build a Virtual Village
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
A couple of years back I had some friends who had a huge, beautiful house. They weren’t at all messy people, but as soon as they had kids, toys covered literally every surface… Continue reading Toy Rotation Sparks Elation! (12-15 Months: Week 1) | 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
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
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