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Eloise Rickman is an author, parent educator and founder of A Beautiful Childhood. She works with clients around the world through online courses and coaching. Her work focuses on evidence-based parenting, home education, and helping families find more rhythm and ease in their daily lives. Extraordinary Parenting (Scribe, 2020) is her first book.

Eloise is a trained doula, and previously studied Social Anthropology at Cambridge University where she first became interested in how childhood and family practices shape society. She believes that parenting can be a radical act, and that changing the way we raise and educate children has the potential to shape and change society for the better.

Influenced by the Montessori and Waldorf approaches, amongst others, and trained in Nonviolent Communication and Sociocracy, Eloise works in a non-judgemental and empathetic way to hold space for parents to find ways for themselves and their children to get their needs met.

Eloise lives in South London in a sunny little house full of books with her husband and young daughter, who has been home educated from birth.

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17 replies on “About Eloise

  1. Your blog has been so inspiring! I’m a first time mom living in Canada and stumbled your blog through Pinterest. My daughter, Kiana, was born November last and she’s at the stage of expanding her activity space. I’m looking for ideas to turn our family room into her play and learn area, which can also grow with her.

    Please keep writing and be inspirational!


  2. You are truly inspirational!

    It’s great to find another passionate feminist mother out there and be able to share our mothering experiences.

    Thank you for all that you do. ❤

  3. Just found this wonderful blog.
    I’m a mother of a 7month year old daughter living in Germany. She will go to a Montessori Kindergarten when she is about 20 month… At the moment, I’m searching for ideas to also make our home Montessori-like 😉

  4. Your blog is such an inspiration to me. I love that you show how Montessori can be presented in a natural, easy going manner, including nature & the outdoors. I get the feeling Frida really enjoys the experiences and home environment you provide for her. Nice work!

  5. Hello,
    I really enjoy your blog. Your Frida is a little older than my son so it has been nice to be able to think ahead a bit. As a family we are not as artistic or musical as your family seems to be so it has been really great to see your ideas, things that we would never think of, and then to incorporate them into our home. We need a variety of perspectives to thrive! I was wondering if you had other blogs that you enjoy or might recommend, maybe some that inspire or challenge you the way yours inspires our family?

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I really love Lulastic and the Hippyshake for gentle / radical parenting inspiration. While Family Rhythms for her series interviewing mothers about their family rhythms. How We Montessori and The Kavanaugh Report and Midwest Montessori for Montessori inspo! Xx

  6. Dear Eloise,

    I love your article on reading and writing Montessori style. I have been a Montessori assistant for the past twelve years and have set up a blog in French to share advice such as yours with parents who want to know more about the method. Would you be ok with me translating your post and sharing it with my readers ? I would put a link back to your version of course… Here is a link so you can see what I have on there to date:

    Thanks in advance.

  7. Hey,

    I’d really love it if you did a piece on Montessori Online Training programs like Montessori Live: they’re nonprofit organizations trying to provide Montessori educators with the most convenient way possible to get certified so they can influence young lives in the best way imaginable.

    Thanks for all your writing thus far!

  8. I really enjoyed exploring your blog. I think you have a wonderful parenting style. My girls are now in university, so my parenting is mostly done. Enjoy every moment!

  9. I came across your blog not so long ago, and I find it very inspirational. I love everything you write! Since my son is 9 months old only, I spent this weekend looking back your first posts on the blog when Frida was younger, and I had such a great time. You got me even chuckling once in a while, there were so many similarities. It’s like you’re the future me! 🙂 I’ll be your eager reader in the future, and as my son grows, I’m sure I will come back again and again for older posts, too.

    1. Oh that is so kind of you to say, thank you so much for reading! I’m glad I can make you chuckle, my husband delights in telling me I’m not funny 😉 9 months is such a fun age, and it just gets better and better, I promise! Xxx

  10. Hi,
    I just wanted to say thank you. I’ve been realising slowly but surely since having my daughter I want to parent my way, largely because the best moments with my daughter have been when I’ve listened to my inner voice and trusted her to guide me. However, I haven’t really been able to articulate what ‘my way’ is. Your blog has given me the language and sense of permission I needed to both articulate it but also recognise it doesn’t need to be defined, and is and should be an organic process. My daughter and I feel really connected at the moment and I’m pretty sure that’s because I’ve been taking your advice!

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