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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Welcoming the New Baby: Self Care for Mothers

This post was written by Abi. When I think back to the days, weeks and months before I gave birth to my daughter, and, more specifically to the careful preparation I put in beforehand, a few things spring to mind. The excruciatingly detailed pram research, the books read over and over on all things birth,…

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Interview with Carine from Montessori Family

I was recently honoured to be interviewed by Carine from Montessori Family for her Montessori online conference. We talked about homeschooling, gentle parenting, work-life balance, having boundaries at work, favourite books, and so much more. I loved chatting to Carine, and you can watch my interview here: Thanks for having me Carine!

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Art corner age 3.5

I mentioned recently that I feel like Frida has had a developmental shift lately. As part of this, she’s much more interested in art materials. Colouring, cutting, using playdough, sewing – these are all things she is choosing to work on regularly at the moment. For now, we are taking an unstructured approach to Frida’s…

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