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”

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”

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”

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”

Parent’s Role in Creating Mischievous Little Monkeys – Fun Activities to Create Connections and Memories

I have to admit, I am just a big monkey really. I use lots of cheeky monkey games and fun to create laughter and joy in our children’s lives. In this blog post, I offer some fun and playful ideas to create imagination and entertainment to your children. I also mention gentle parenting considerations whenContinue reading “Parent’s Role in Creating Mischievous Little Monkeys – Fun Activities to Create Connections and Memories”

Male Perspective: Lost for Words

My wife noticed we have gained a lot of male followers to this gentle parent blog, which so far has been predominantly from the Mum’s perspective. We felt it may therefore important for us to show a dad’s perspective to gentle parenting. I am a busy business owner, being away from the home for 10Continue reading “Male Perspective: Lost for Words”

Mum Guilt – Riddling Through My Funny Bones

Pretty much every Mum will feel guilt for the things they cannot provide their children. We all know that loveable childhood book ‘Funnybones’, well guilt can lie within every part of us, bubbling away beneath the superficial surface layer. Why does Mum guilt exist? How can gentle parenting help us be at peace with it?Continue reading “Mum Guilt – Riddling Through My Funny Bones”

The Power of Words – ‘To Speak or Not to Speak, That is The Question’

When first becoming a parent, you may feel what you say is unimportant. That your baby won’t understand you anyway, right? When they first start exploring their surroundings, you may feel they need to be told ‘no’ or controlled verbally in some way. When they turn to toddlerhood and start walking and talking, you mayContinue reading “The Power of Words – ‘To Speak or Not to Speak, That is The Question’”

How Not To Mess Our Kids Up – When Gentle or Attachment Parenting Can Go Wrong

We do not need to know the answers, by seeking advice from experts or others, we simply need to be our child’s answer. This statement by Gordon Neufeld in the above video makes perfect sense. If we are constantly seeking tips from other parents on what we should do about our child misbehaving or withContinue reading “How Not To Mess Our Kids Up – When Gentle or Attachment Parenting Can Go Wrong”