Hello 2019!

Hello 2019, how quickly you've arrived. It only feels like last week that it was October and we were observing signs of autumn and now here we are in the throws of winter and a new year. Our Christmas was perfectly slow and relaxed. We purposefully make Christmas Day fairly normal just with church and... Continue Reading →

Our children don’t play with toys

We've always been quite aware that our children do not play with toys. I think this is partly our fault, we engage with our children through practical activities and through materials that encourage learning and building connections rather than sitting down with them with 'toys'. I have sometimes watched friend's children playing with their toys... Continue Reading →

A chimpanzee in a tutu…

  I love how ideas come to mind and that we have the ability and freedom to roll with them. In my bid to say "yes" more I have found that their ideas can be brought to life (within reason) more or less right away. Joseph had been poring over the beautiful atlas that we... Continue Reading →

Losing an hour, gaining time

The clocks go forward and we 'lose' an hour but actually we've gained more time. An oxymoron perhaps but if you look outside it is still light and light means more. More time to do the things you wouldn't necessarily do in the dark dreariness of the winter months. Light means time to go outside... Continue Reading →

Saying “Yes” more than “No”

There are more than enough opportunities for learning to deal with limits, for confronting the fact that it's impossible to get everything one wants. Kid's don't need parent's to add to those occasions by saying no when they could have said yes. A. Kohn, Unconditional Parenting  As parents, we try as much as we can to say... Continue Reading →

Adjusting expectations

It has been clear through our parenting journey that our family's expectations are always adjusting. Both lowering and raising these expectations depending on the situations and ages of our children. Our society holds children to ransom on all sorts of social etiquette that we, as adults, don't even abide by ourselves all the time. There... Continue Reading →

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