There is a common belief that the first 3 years of childhood are key to the whole future life of that child, into adulthood and beyond. ‘The Myth of the First Three Years’ by John Brewer assesses the science behind the public perception. Whilst the book was published in 2002, a lot of the scienceContinue reading “The Importance of the First 3 Years for Brain Development”
This is potentially a triggering post about the fear of death. Please only consider reading if it’s something you relate to. Some gentle parents are fortunate to have a huge and local support network who they genuinely trust. If something happened to you, it would not be ideal but your children would be gently andContinue reading “The Ultimate Fear in Life for Gentle Parents With Limited Support Networks: Death”
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?”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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?”
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”
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