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HELPING KIDS WITH SCARY THOUGHTS

I was very struck by my 5-year old’s use of the word ‘dreams’ to describe the scary thoughts he was having about monsters before he went to sleep the other night. At first, when he said he was “scared of his dreams” I thought he meant he was scared to go to sleep...

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UNDERSTANDING FEELINGS: PART 1

Here’s one of the most basic but USEFUL things to know about our kids (and ourselves) and to pass onto our kids.  But also one of the hardest to get and accept because of the way most of us have (innocently) been conditioned.   ALL FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS ARE NORMAL AND...

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ALLOWING PARENTING TO BE SIMPLER

I knew something had shifted when I stopped reading books about parenting approaches, strategies and techniques and stopped feeling the urge to write ‘how-to’ posts or step-by-step guides. And it wasn’t because I suddenly knew it all and everything was sunshine and...

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PERFECT PARENTING 101

What if we treated our children like we do any other close, sacred relationship?   What if we didn't see them as inferior, but equal?   What if we trusted they have everything they need already, even before they arrive in this world?   What if we saw them as already...

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CREATING PEACEFUL FAMILY EATING HABITS

A doctorate in child development and years of working with children and families did not prepare me for the sheer frustration and stress of feeding my own family. Three different children with three different preferences and three different eating patterns and bodily...

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HOW TO SET LIMITS THE KIND WAY

Choosing a gentle approach to parenting that doesn’t rely on coercion and punishment is very often the easy bit.  The tricky bit begins as your innocent baby turns into a curious toddler.  All of a sudden, you realise you need to find peaceful ways to keep them safe...

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