How Do You Know If You’re Healed? From Trauma, From Life’s Sadness, From Anxiety?

I personally don’t feel I have more than a normal level of sadness anymore. I’m not denying there are still parts that are grieving inside me. However the other day I thought, what if I am deeply sad? Perhaps everyone else can see it and I am in denial. I decided to write this postContinue reading “How Do You Know If You’re Healed? From Trauma, From Life’s Sadness, From Anxiety?”

Create and Treasure Memories: Educate Your Children Through Stories and Photos

Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell explain how the brain develops and the importance of telling stories to help your children grow up with better memories. There are several strategies recommended in the book to help the child’s brain neurons grow strong in remembering. Photographs can help trigger your own memories. When photos are shared withContinue reading “Create and Treasure Memories: Educate Your Children Through Stories and Photos”

Important Parenting Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner – Hindsight is a Wonderful Thing

Some parents may be in a position to have planned exactly how they will parent their children before they are even born. Others, like me, assumed it would just be whatever it would be and all would work out fine. When the reality hits and you can’t even work out whether it’s morning or night,Continue reading “Important Parenting Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner – Hindsight is a Wonderful Thing”

Sanity Saving Creative Children’s Activities

There’s nothing worse with 3 toddlers than worrying about how to give them creative opportunities to help them develop and enjoy the wonders of arts and crafts. Everything you’ve tried ends up frustrating you, as it can involve significant cleaning up, or damage to walls, floors or furniture. You may feel there is nothing youContinue reading “Sanity Saving Creative Children’s Activities”

Gentle Parenting – The Backlash When You Parent This Way and How to Remain Confident in Your Gentle Parenting Choice

Some non gentle parents have comments to make about the way gentle parenting will impact upon your children. Here is a debate about some common misconceptions about the effects of raising a child using gentle parenting techniques. It can be a challenge to ignore those comments when your own subsconscious brain may be selling youContinue reading “Gentle Parenting – The Backlash When You Parent This Way and How to Remain Confident in Your Gentle Parenting Choice”

Homeschooling Growth Ideas from Just One Interest

I watched several unschooling-themed sessions thanks to Freedom To Learn. They had some inspirational themes to them. One session focused on how to take your child’s interests and teach a vast variety of topics from that. Some of these subjects may be traditional school subject based e..g. Maths or Science. Others are aspects of personalContinue reading “Homeschooling Growth Ideas from Just One Interest”

What’s That You Say? No TV Time? … At All?

Many gentle parents also follow the practise of no screen time (yes, you read that correctly!) or limiting screen time for their children and / or themselves. There are many lifestyle factors that can make this a huge challenge for some families. However, it’s worth educating ourselves on the recommendations and reasons for those recommendations,Continue reading “What’s That You Say? No TV Time? … At All?”

Gentle Reminder that maybe You’ve Been a Better Parent than You Remember

Sometimes when we become a parent, we go with the flow and just give it our best stab in the dark. We are overwhelmed with other parents (or even non-parents) telling us what we should do to raise our kids. We may not even know what style of parenting we are following. As time goesContinue reading “Gentle Reminder that maybe You’ve Been a Better Parent than You Remember”

Nursing Aversion and Internal Anger SOLVED

Brief update to everyone who’s been following my blog. I wrote a post previously about nursing aversion, and another post about unbearable internal anger I was feeling regarding my toddler’s thumb sucking. I had to continued doing more work to try and resolve these issues and am pleased to say both battles have now largelyContinue reading “Nursing Aversion and Internal Anger SOLVED”

Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word – So Let’s Avoid ‘Sorry’ Altogether and Apologise Instead

How can we apologise effectively? What are the features of a good apology? How can failing to apologise affect our relationships, including with our children? These are all important questions that this blog answers. Sorry is most definitely the hardest word to get right, and that song by Elton John “sorry seems to be theContinue reading “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word – So Let’s Avoid ‘Sorry’ Altogether and Apologise Instead”