Supporting our children’s right to consent

This month in The Peaceful Home we have been talking about supporting our children in their social interactions, and this led us to discuss the issue of children and consent. As adults, we are in a position of power and privilege compared to our children. It’s up to us to use that power to be…

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A simple sewing work + activities for fine motor skills

Sewing beads onto material with thread. Frida loved doing this today. This was absolutely process art: there was no outcome in mind, just some exploration using two materials she knows well (sewing materials and threading beads) in a new way. After she had finished she wanted to display her finished piece next to some of…

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Meet the Mother: Rowan Webley

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 British mama of one Rowan Webley to…

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Growing Plants

It is starting to feel like proper, Shirley Hughes-style spring here in London. Sunshine, clouds, rain, mud, wind. Sunny mornings and wet afternoons, new welly boots and garden dirt under our fingernails. Bulbs on the table, flowers brightening up surfaces, seedlings on the windowsill. After months of neglect we’ve started to venture out into the…

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Meet the Mother: Jasmine Ong

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 Singaporean mama of two Jasmine Ong to…

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The Peaceful Home membership has re-opened!

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 families, our communities, and our world. At its heart, peaceful parenting is a social justice issue. It’s not just about social change though; peaceful parenting is better for our children.…

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Why I don’t discipline my daughter

For a little while now I’ve wanted to write about why I hate the word “discipline” when used in reference to something parents to do their children, and why I am increasingly rejecting the notion that as parents we need to discipline our children at all. And yes, I’m even including “gentle discipline” in this…

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Child-led learning: Numbers + early maths (age 3.5)

We are in the middle of a real interest in numbers and maths at the moment with Frida. Suddenly, she can read (and mostly write, using her math materials) numbers up to a hundred, count way past a hundred, and do basic addition and subtraction in her head. She is fascinated by square numbers, by…

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