5 parenting books to listen to during this period of change and uncertainty

If there’s ever been a time when I’ve needed to channel my ‘inner Janet Lansbury’ it is now. Now more than ever I feel the need to gentle parent, really show up for my children (and my husband), keep lines of communication open and make the effort to overcome those feelings of overwhelm and anxietyContinue reading “5 parenting books to listen to during this period of change and uncertainty”

Reggio at home: 7 books to download and inspire whilst you stay home during the global pandemic

I know that many of you around the world are adjusting to the new ‘normal’, which is staying home. If your children usually attend nursery or school then this can be a huge adjustment for the whole family, especially with many parents continuing to work from home. So I have put together a list ofContinue reading “Reggio at home: 7 books to download and inspire whilst you stay home during the global pandemic”

“I’ll be back” – a very simple absence cue for short-term separation

During my time as an Early Years Educator I’d see many parents attempt the ‘sneak away when they’re not looking’ approach. I can see how this might seem like the better of two evils but I have got to be honest, it only works to exacerbate the separation anxiety. The scenario would usually play outContinue reading ““I’ll be back” – a very simple absence cue for short-term separation”

8 ways in which the RIE approach has shaped my parenting.

The RIE (Resources in Infant Educaring) approach incorporates a deep respect and appreciation of the baby as more than a helpless object, Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach encourages infants and adults to trust each other, learn to problem solve, and embrace their ability for self-discovery. When allowed to unfold in their own way and in theirContinue reading “8 ways in which the RIE approach has shaped my parenting.”

What to look for in a parent-toddler group.

Parent-toddler groups can be a bit of a life-line, not only can they be great for our children’s social emotional development but they are also a space to meet other parents and carers with children of the same age. Sometimes it is the only part of the week where you get to speak to otherContinue reading “What to look for in a parent-toddler group.”

Sleep Learning: Taking a gentle approach to our toddlers early morning wake ups

Let me start off by saying that this post probably won’t tell you anything you don’t already know and unfortunately I don’t have any quick fixes. What you will find instead are some of the steps we take to survive our early riser and ensure we all get enough sleep. Althea has always, ALWAYS wokenContinue reading “Sleep Learning: Taking a gentle approach to our toddlers early morning wake ups”