As a parent, life with a young child can sometimes feel chaotic and overwhelming. Juggling naps, work, chores, playdates, and setting up Pinterest-worthy activities for your child can feel like a challenge – let alone finding time for self care, reflection, and connection. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
Creating a strong, dependable family rhythm can:
- Reduce feelings of overwhelm – for you just as much as your children;
- Increase your child’s feelings of control, reducing their stress levels and related behaviours – young children thrive on dependability;
- Allow you to parent with more ease and joy, removing some of the friction in daily life;
- Provide regular moments of calm and togetherness, even during busy days;
- Let you focus on what is important to you, including ensuring time for self-care; and
- Simplify your life, allowing you to let go of things which aren’t helping you reach your goals.
Rhythm is emphatically not about establishing strict routines or schedules; it is there to serve you rather than turn you into its slave. A strong rhythm creates freedom through establishing a flow which feels natural, where everyone knows what comes next.
I truly believe that creating such rhythms for your family can be life-changing. I do not, however, think that one size fits all. All families are different, so it makes sense that each family’s rhythm will be different too.
That is why I run this course, dedicated wholly to helping you find clarity around what you truly need from your family rhythm, and confidence in crafting it.
What will we cover?
This week is all about creating a foundation for you to build your family rhythms on. This week, you will dig down into what matters to you as a parent, and what you truly want for your children as they grow. You will pinpoint what is working well for you, and notice where any current stumbling blocks are. You will learn to unpick some of the pressures which come with modern parenthood, and find confidence in choosing what really makes you – and your family – feel happy. I hope that after this week, you will feel new clarity around your parenting values and priorities, having explored what is important to you and what this means when it comes to your time.
This week you will start building on the foundations you set last week, and explore building calm daily rhythms. You will look at creating strong anchors to hang your daily rhythm on, supporting your children with transitions, how you can build in time for daily connection with your children whilst still making time for your own self care, and so much more.
This week you will continue to build on the last two weeks, as you explore building calm weekly and seasonal rhythms. You will look at how to get a balance across your week, be inspired to celebrate and connect with the seasons, and start thinking about how to navigate the shift from week-day to weekend. There will also be discussion around how to create meaningful rhythms when your weeks are unpredictable.
This week you will pull everything together and begin to create strong, meaningful rhythms for your family. You will learn about the different ways of creating visual rhythms for all ages, as well as looking at how to return to your rhythm when things change. I hope that you will finish the course feeling confident in creating a rhythm which works for you and your family, knowing that you will be able to adjust it to suit each new parenting season, and reclaim it with ease should something unexpected throw it off course.
Is this course for me?
Yes, if you have young children and want to craft a strong rhythm that works for your family.
It might be that the concept of a family rhythm is relatively new to you; you’ve heard people talking about them, you’ve read a few blog posts, and you like what you’ve seen so far. The idea of creating more moments of calm in your busy life sounds appealing, and maybe you’re struggling with daily transitions around getting your children out of the house in the morning (or into their beds at night).
Or perhaps you’re an old hand at rhythms; you’ve read Simplicity Parenting, you’ve downloaded a printable for your week, and you’re already starting to see the benefits. But when your rhythm is thrown off course you struggle to get back into the flow, perhaps you haven’t found it as easy to stick to as you were hoping, or maybe you just feel like you’re trying to fit your life into someone else’s template.
Wherever you are in your journey, and wherever you live in the world, there is something for you in this course. You can read what other parents have said here.
How is the course run?
Each week you will have access to a video workshop, which you can access both via this website and the course Facebook group, whichever you prefer.
A PDF workbook accompanies each week, filled with exercises to get you exploring what a strong rhythm might look like for your family, and loads of practical ideas to get you started. You will be able to work through this at your own pace.
Weekly live Q&A sessions provide you with personalised support, and the private Facebook group provides a nurturing space for ongoing community discussion with like-minded parents, as you all work towards the goal of creating meaningful rhythms for your families.
You will have lifetime access to the course.
How do I book?
The course is currently not open for booking, but it will run again in Autumn 2019 (date TBC).
The course costs £49 for the four week course and lifetime access.
I look forward to working with you soon.