The Peaceful Home Part II: Stepping away from “no” + what to do if it is necessary

I usually encourage parents to listen to their instincts when it comes to their children. When working with pregnant women, I suggest that the most important thing they can do is to listen to their bodies and trust their gut feelings (these are rarely wrong – hence why most midwives will tell women that they…

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Frida turns three! Gifts for a three year old.

Last week Frida turned three. Three! My tiny baby. Suffice to say that I got very emotional and may have cried several times. Somehow three – this definitive leap away from toddlerhood, from being a baby – has affected me much more than previous birthdays. She is truly a little girl now. A pre-schooler (pre-homeschooler?).…

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The Peaceful Home Part I: Creating “yes spaces”

A “yes space” is simply a space where you don’t feel like you have to always be saying “no”, “don’t touch” and “don’t climb” to your children. Creating “yes spaces” in your home allows everyone to feel more relaxed. Your children are free to touch, explore, move, climb, and look after their own needs, and…

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Celebrating Easter: Traditions for a secular family

Happy Spring Equinox! I’ve been thinking recently about Easter; this year, Frida is old enough to really have a sense of the festivals we celebrate, and I know that many the seasonal rhythms we lay down now will stay with us for years to come as they are slowly woven into the fabric of our…

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Rhythm in the Home: Morning Time and Tea Time

Morning time. Tea time. These have slowly become woven into the fabric of our days, and have become a beloved part of our daily rhythm. As well as providing regular time to learn, our practise of morning time and tea time insert two welcome pauses into our day; two opportunities each day for being fully present…

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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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