The Prepared Adult: Some thoughts about self care

This month I am taking part in a project on Instagram all about the concept of “The Prepared Adult”, and I thought I would share some thoughts here too. If we’re not already connected on Instagram, come along and say hi! This week the participants in “The Prepared Adult” are writing about self care, and how this…

Read More

The Prepared Adult: The power of observation

This month I am taking part in a project on Instagram all about the concept of “The Prepared Adult”, and I thought I would share some thoughts here too. If we’re not already connected on Instagram, come along and say hi! Last week (I’m a little behind – oops!) the participants in “The Prepared Adult” were writing…

Read More

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…

Read More

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.…

Read More

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…

Read More

Developing Empathy

Empathy can be defined as recognising and understanding the feelings of others. From an evolutionary perspective, empathy is crucial and a valuable tool without which otherwise we would not have been so successful as a species. We are biologically wired for connection with others, and empathy facilitates this connection. Below are some thoughts on how…

Read More

Unconditional Positive Regard

(This post was originally written for Instagram, but it received such a positive response that I wanted to share it here too.) I believe that one of the most important gifts we can give our children is that of unconditional positive regard. Coined by the psychologist Carl Rogers, it means that when we’re interacting with…

Read More

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.…

Read More

Reflecting on 2018

As the year slowly draws to an end, I have been spending more and more time looking inwards to the year that has passed, and considering some gentle intentions for the year ahead. I’d like to share a little of my process of reflection with you here.  Over the past year… Frida has continued to…

Read More