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…

A Waldorf-inspired daily rhythm for days at home

Over a year and a half ago I wrote a post about our daily rhythm. Althea was 18 months old and my only one. I would have been pregnant at the time with Ottilie and so I remember our days being slow and simple with lots of time spent at home as we navigated nap…

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…

“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…