Inspiration and Resources to help you shape a daily rhythm at home with children

Now more than ever I am craving a natural, gentle flow that takes us through until bedtime. We all need the predictability and consistency so that we are not falling over each other trying to get through a myriad of tasks. I need the calm that comes from having some semblance of rhythm. It's not…

Stay Home: 10 Screen time suggestions for younger toddlers during Isolation/quarantine

Usually my 18 month old doesn't get a lot of screen time, she will occasionally watch something with her older sister on a weekend morning because 5.30am is an ungodly hour, but she usually misses out on afternoon screen time because she's napping. However, we are finally transitioning to one nap and in light of…

Stay Home: This is the time for self-directed play and connection

I feel like we are about to enter into a new phase of overwhelm. I am sure most of us have felt overwhelmed with the uncertain and rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the global pandemic over the last few weeks. A lot of us are now trying to settle into a new normal that is staying…

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 anxiety…

Our Gentle, Montessori Inspired Approach to Toilet Learning: Stage 2 ‘Training Pants’

If you read my Stage 1 post you'll know that we introduced a potty a little while back as part of Althea's self care routine. She has been sitting on it upon waking up in the morning, before and after her nap and before and after her evening bath. We have a potty set up…

“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 out…

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 their…