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Montessori. Steiner-Waldorf. Forest School. Unschooling. You’ve heard people talking about these approaches. You’ve noticed #waldorfinspired, #natureplay and #montessoriathome. You’ve read a few blog posts, and they all sound good – but you’re still not quite sure what is behind these approaches beyond the beautiful wooden toys, lovingly presented trays, and Pinterest-worthy outdoor crafts. You want…

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The Peaceful Home Part III: Rethinking food and mealtimes

If there’s one topic which has the potential to worry even the most laid-back parent, I’m pretty sure it’s food. An empty plate and a tummy full of vegetables can leave us feeling pleased and relieved; an untouched plate and a tummy with just a few chips in can make us feel (wrongly) like failures.…

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The Peaceful Home Part II: Stepping away from “no” + what to do if it is necessary

I usually encourage parents to listen to their instincts when it comes to their children. When working with pregnant women, I suggest that the most important thing they can do is to listen to their bodies and trust their gut feelings (these are rarely wrong – hence why most midwives will tell women that they…

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Meet the Mother: Anna Cochran

I am delighted to be sharing this interview series with you, where I will be talking to a different woman every fortnight about parenting, motherhood, their daily rhythm and what makes a beautiful childhood. So without further ado, let’s meet the mother… This week, I’d like to welcome East London nanny and doula Anna Cochran…

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The Peaceful Home Part I: Creating “yes spaces”

A “yes space” is simply a space where you don’t feel like you have to always be saying “no”, “don’t touch” and “don’t climb” to your children. Creating “yes spaces” in your home allows everyone to feel more relaxed. Your children are free to touch, explore, move, climb, and look after their own needs, and…

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Avoiding activity overwhelm as a parent

A mother recently asked for advice in my Facebook group, saying she had many good intentions around setting up beautiful displays for her child, putting together bookshelves, preparing art activities, and so on, but she struggled to find the time and/or motivation to follow through and put these actions into practice. It can feel overwhelming…

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In praise of not praising: Why it’s bad to say “good job!”

I have been thinking a lot about praise recently. I am currently a few weeks into a brilliant e-course by motherhood and business coach Ray Dodd and it has been digging up a lot of things for me, one of which has been exploring praise and criticism, and the impact these have on my self…

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Five simple ways to encourage independent play

One of the things which brings me the most happiness as a mother is sitting back and observing Frida as she plays. Listening to her narrate little stories and watching her act out dramatic scenes fills me with so much joy.  I am often asked how I encourage independent play with Frida, so I hope…

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