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
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
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
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