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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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The Peaceful Home: Inner Work and Parenting Triggers

Last month in The Peaceful Home we were exploring inner work, mindset, and mindfulness for parents. As the days grow darker and nights get longer, I am feeling a real sense of drawing inwards, of craving space for reflection and meditation, carving out time to read, plan, and ponder, and really focus on my own…

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“How was your day?” Reconnecting with your child after daycare or school

If you have a child in school or daycare, I’m sure you’re eager to find out how your little love has spent their day. Although it can be so tempting to jump in with questions as soon as you see your child – What did you do? Did you have fun? – it can be less…

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The Peaceful Home: Communicating our needs as adults

In The Peaceful Home this month we have been focusing on calm communication. I chose communication as our first topic because communication is the foundation of everything we do as parents. Calm, empathetic communication has the power to connect us not only to the children and adults who share our lives, but to treat ourselves…

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