On the eve of her birthday (a year and a half ago)

I recently found a piece of writing that I started scribbling over a year and a half ago, on the eve of Frida’s second birthday.  I wanted to share it with you now, unedited and unchanged, exactly how I found it. – Frida will be two tomorrow. Two! I have been reflecting a lot as…

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“How was your day?” Reconnecting with your child after daycare or school

If you have a child in school or daycare, I’m sure you’re eager to find out how your little love has spent their day. Although it can be so tempting to jump in with questions as soon as you see your child – What did you do? Did you have fun? – it can be less…

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Read my interview on The Family Collective

I was recently interviewed by the lovely Abi Smissen for her blog The Family Collective. Abi and I spoke about my experience of pregnancy and birth, the highs and lows of motherhood, finding moments of mindfulness amongst life with a young child, community and friendships, and so much more. You can read the interview here.…

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Essay: Why feminism can no longer ignore parenting + how peaceful parenting can effect radical social change

The UK Government defines domestic violence as “any incident of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over… The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to: psychological, physical, sexual, financial, and emotional abuse.” Did you notice that the definition stresses that domestic violence is between those aged 16 or…

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The Peaceful Home: Communicating our needs as adults

In The Peaceful Home this month we have been focusing on calm communication. I chose communication as our first topic because communication is the foundation of everything we do as parents. Calm, empathetic communication has the power to connect us not only to the children and adults who share our lives, but to treat ourselves…

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Why children should know the correct name for their body parts

What do your call your child’s private parts when you talk to them? Willy? Fanny? Minnie? Down there? Bottom? Girly bits? Front-bottom?! We have always used the correct anatomical terms with Frida, and since she could speak she has used the words vulva and penis to describe human reproductive parts. Although this might have drawn…

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An invitation to join The Peaceful Home

I believe that parenting can be a truly radical act. The way in which we raise our children can have a profound positive impact on our communities, our societies, and our world. At its heart, peaceful parenting is a social justice issue. As adults, we have more power than our children. How we choose to use…

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Bringing beauty into daily life with children

“The things the child sees are not just remembered; they form part of his soul.” Maria Montessori I’ve shared this quote many times before, and I’m sure I will continue to do so! It’s one I come back to time and again, and for me it underlines my desire to give my daughter a beautiful childhood, a space in which to grow, learn, and flourish. I think that beauty is…

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