Kids Books for a Better World | I Like Myself!

This little girl addresses the many different facets of body positivity. It’s clear that her life choices are made for her own benefit and no-one else’s. This is an age-appropriate foundation to lay for later discussions – for example if you want to wear makeup, do it for you, not to impress or please others… Continue reading Kids Books for a Better World | I Like Myself!

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Facebook Saved My Parenting! How to build a Virtual Village | 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?

Facebook Saved My Parenting! How to Build a Virtual Village

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

15 SURVIVAL STRATEGIES for Struggling Gentle Parents | This is for when everything is going wrong. When you are *this* close to chucking your positive parenting ideals in the can. When you risk yelling or resorting to sleep training. You feel the tension building in your muscles. Your jaw clenches, your temperature rises. When you need an intervention...

15 SURVIVAL STRATEGIES for Struggling Gentle Parents | FREE Printable

15 SURVIVAL STRATEGIES for Struggling Gentle Parents | This is for when everything is going wrong. When you are *this* close to chucking your positive parenting ideals in the can. When you risk yelling or resorting to sleep training.

You feel the tension building in your muscles. Your jaw clenches, your temperature rises.

When you need an intervention… Continue reading 15 SURVIVAL STRATEGIES for Struggling Gentle Parents | FREE Printable

How to Cope with Powerful Emotions: The 90 Second Rule | The Science of Strong Emotions: Dr Jill Bolte Taylor, author of My Stroke of Insight, is a powerful advocate for emotional regulation & brain health. Through her detailed study of the brain and its functions, she observed the chemical process that an emotional stimulus or event in the outside world produces... Click the link to read more on our blog!

How to Cope with Powerful Emotions: The 90 Second Rule

I’ve always been a woman of strong emotions. It’s what makes me me. It’s what my husband first loved about me – my ability to feel so deeply. My deep emotions are what allow me to have real empathy for others, and what sparks my creativity – be that music, poetry, or even blogging.

It’s what makes me a good mum.

But this capacity to feel so richly also comes at a cost. My ability to love deeply is balanced by a deep scope for pain. My tendency to examine my emotions can lead to bouts of introspection and depression if left unchecked.

My enthusiasm for new projects can lead to burnout and my tenacity can quickly become anger if thwarted. I have a strong desire to parent well, and a strong stress reaction if things seem to be going wrong… Continue reading How to Cope with Powerful Emotions: The 90 Second Rule

Spotlight on Childism | The Uncomfortable Truth About Mainstream Parenting: Learning about childism can be an uncomfortable reality-check. But what matters is what we do with the information. Will cognitive dissonance win-out and result in a forceful rejection of this idea? Or will we swallow that pill, consider our motives and resolve to do better?  It's never too late to start parenting respectfully.

Spotlight On Childism: The Uncomfortable Truth About Mainstream Parenting

I remember very clearly the first time I came across the concept of Childism. It was a complete blow-your-mind moment. In the space of one beautifully written article, I went from being completely oblivious, to the startling realisation that not only was this prejudice rife in society, but I was a major culprit… Continue reading Spotlight On Childism: The Uncomfortable Truth About Mainstream Parenting

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

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 

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