Poem About Working Through Childhood Trauma

My last blog post was about dealing with my childhood trauma by releasing my fears. I wrote that post hopeful that I wouldn’t find myself re-triggered by my daughter’s thumb sucking. I had a few moments where I felt overwhelmed again, and I went back through the process written in my last blog post. IContinue reading “Poem About Working Through Childhood Trauma”

Dad’s Blog: Knowing When to Step Up in My Parenting Role… And When to Step Back

There are some challenges we can face as a working Dad with a stay at home gentle parenting wife. Most of the days we’re out at work. Our wives can need our support more than our ancestors who lived with bigger support networks (see my wife’s previous post about a lacking support village). It takesContinue reading “Dad’s Blog: Knowing When to Step Up in My Parenting Role… And When to Step Back”

“She Doesn’t Listen to Anything We Say!”

This is a conversation starter my husband has had with me at least once… or twice… or more! This blog post is a reminder about the aim of gentle parenting and why we should not let our children’s inability to listen when we want them to sway us from our hard work. First, we debateContinue reading ““She Doesn’t Listen to Anything We Say!””

Gentle Parenting View on Sharing / Turn Taking

When I had just one child, I naturally wanted her to share with others. I felt that was the expectation of those around me, and I guess I was raised with the view that sharing with others was a good thing. When the twins arrived, I soon discovered forcing one child to share is likeContinue reading “Gentle Parenting View on Sharing / Turn Taking”

Poems: About My Gentle Dad

There is the well known proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child”. Why does this saying exist? Why do villages not seem common anymore? Do we need a village to be a gentle parent? How can we create our own village? I refer to a poem about my Dad which I wroteContinue reading “Poems: About My Gentle Dad”

Is It Important to Help Your Partner on Gentle Parenting Techniques

Two sides of the coin are that you’ll be stressed and have a difficult marriage if you try to teach and guide your partner throughout their parenting journey. Is it not his responsibility to be the best parent he can be? On the flip side, if you didn’t help your struggling partner, who will payContinue reading “Is It Important to Help Your Partner on Gentle Parenting Techniques”

All I Need Is a Little More Sleep…

One of the recurring ‘grass is always greener’ feelings I have since becoming a parent is, “If only I could have a little more sleep, I’d be a super Mum!”. Why then does nature intend a Mum to have such little sleep? What can we do to promote more rest? What foods can we eatContinue reading “All I Need Is a Little More Sleep…”

Poem: Mum Guilt For the Eledest When Welcoming Siblings Into The Family

Mother’s guilt didn’t make a huge appearance in my life until I had my second and third child. Suddenly, responding to my eldest’s needs seemed increasingly impossible at times. We watched a lot of TV. She was told to wait a lot longer than most 20 month old babies. She had to co-sleep with DaddyContinue reading “Poem: Mum Guilt For the Eledest When Welcoming Siblings Into The Family”

Is It Possible to Change Your Toxic Upbringing to Become Gentle Parents

There are many challenges for parents passionate about raising their babies gently into children and through to adulthood. I write in this blog as a mother who in some ways was on course to become a toxic mother. I feel that without gentle parenting, I’d have probably resorted to smacking and shouting by now, notContinue reading “Is It Possible to Change Your Toxic Upbringing to Become Gentle Parents”

The Importance of the First 3 Years for Brain Development

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”