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
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
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
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
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
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