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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Rhythm in the Home: Bedtime rhythm age 3.5

We recently moved out of our home for nearly three weeks whilst we had builders in to do a bathroom renovation (part of the reason this blog has been so quiet!) and whilst we were away I really noticed the difference that a change in rhythm – or more accurately, losing most of our rhythm!…

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Child-led learning: Reading and Writing (age 3.5)

I feel like Frida has had a developmental leap forward recently. She’s suddenly much more confident with physical tasks – she’s more confident on her balance bike, suddenly capable of doing up and undoing buttons – and her interest in reading, numeracy, and focused time doing art-ish activities has really blossomed. She’s also taller! As…

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Booking for Making Sense of Screens e-course is now open!

I am delighted that booking is open for my brand new course Making Sense of Screens! As a parent, figuring out an approach to screen time can feel overwhelming. With so many conflicting voices and opinions, it can feel impossible to make sense of what the research actually says about the impact of screens on children, let…

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