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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Meet the Mother: Nicole Kavanaugh

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 Montessori parent and blogger Nicole Kavanaugh to…

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Preparing for Spring: Putting together a nature walk bag

I always find that it gets to a certain point in February – crocuses and snowdrops are popping up everywhere, daffodils are appearing in gardens and by supermarket checkouts, the days are suddenly feeling longer and lighter – when I start to really crave spring. Do you feel it too? Unfortunately, the weather man tells…

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Loose parts play: Setting up a tinker tray

In the 1970s an architect called Simon Nicholson proposed an idea which has come to be known as the theory of loose parts; that it is the loose parts in our society – items which can be arranged, manipulated, moved around, and redesigned – which empower our creativity. There is no rule about what these…

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Seven tips on introducing practical life activities

“If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence. It must initiate them into those kinds of activities, which they can perform themselves. We must help them to learn how to walk without assistance, to run, to go up and down the stairs, to…

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Meet the Mother: Mel Wiggins

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 project leader, activist, writer, and all-round champion…

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Beautiful Books: Hidden World

We have discovered some beautiful new books recently, and I wanted to share some of them with you. Two of our favourite new additions to our bookshelves are the Hidden Worlds books, Ocean and Forest. Each book is structured in the same way; double-pages with six big fold-out pictures, each containing a line of information about…

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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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