Y(O)UR WORLD: Poem Explaining To Children About Why We Homeschool

My daughter’s best friend is a local school girl. That school girl took me by surprise recently and asked why I chose not to send our children to school. I did not know how to explain. On the back of that conversation, I wrote this poem trying to consider the key reasons we unschool. ItContinue reading “Y(O)UR WORLD: Poem Explaining To Children About Why We Homeschool”

Too Clingy, Only Wants to be With One Parent

My youngest daughter literally only wants to be with me, Mummy, 80% of the time. The rest of the time she is comfortable with her siblings only. She appears to be totally petrified of her Daddy. She has to cling onto my trousers, nearly pulling them down in public, just to be near to me.Continue reading “Too Clingy, Only Wants to be With One Parent”

Living in a Junk Food Society: Avoiding Creating a Monster for Your Children

I may be totally alone in my views on junk food for children, and this post is by no means the views of all gentle parents. I personally hate the thought of my children devouring sweets, chocolate, cake, cookies, crisps, fast food, you name it, even at their current ages of 3 year old twinsContinue reading “Living in a Junk Food Society: Avoiding Creating a Monster for Your Children”

Why We Should Aim to Ask Permission and Respect Body Autonomy

This blog post looks at what exactly asking permission and respecting another person’s choice about their body means. It explains why it is important. Finally, it responds to common doubts people may have that disagree with this approach. What Does Asking Permission Mean? Simply put, that all physical affection initiated by the adult is askedContinue reading “Why We Should Aim to Ask Permission and Respect Body Autonomy”

First Homeschooling Worry Resolved: Reminder to Trust In My Child

When you go down the opposite path to the majority of our society, it can be hard to trust that your child will learn what they need for a successful life. My daughter learning to write is our first personal reminder to trust my child on her learning journey. My first worry was not aboutContinue reading “First Homeschooling Worry Resolved: Reminder to Trust In My Child”

Mixed Feelings: Brain Development and the 5-7 Shift

What if it was mostly thanks to our relationship with our parents that we grow into mature and lovely grown ups… or, the opposite, our parents prevented our brains from developing to their full potential which turned us into immature people who react in the moment? If this is true, then we have a dutyContinue reading “Mixed Feelings: Brain Development and the 5-7 Shift”

Oh, The Tears! “I Don’t Want To Die EVER!”

You may have read my previous post about my own fear of death, which the early COVID situation brought to the surface frequently. I had just about turned my life around to being healthier, with the aim of living as long as possible, when my daughter was extremely sad about the prospect of her ownContinue reading “Oh, The Tears! “I Don’t Want To Die EVER!””

Feeling Like a ‘Normal’ Family – Except, What’s Normal Anyway!

Wow, it’s only been since April this year that I first took the petrifying steps of taking my 3 toddlers out alone. Such a lot has changed in only 6 months. I have built my confidence so much in managing all 3 kids alone, that I have made several quite risky ventures with them inContinue reading “Feeling Like a ‘Normal’ Family – Except, What’s Normal Anyway!”

Sibling Rivalry: One On One Time

I frequently see the recommendation of one-on-one time on the gentle parenting forums, as a response to any difficulties people are having with their children. ‘When you have a new child, you should ensure frequent one-on-one time with your children.’ By this, they mean taking the child out somewhere exciting and doing an activity awayContinue reading “Sibling Rivalry: One On One Time”

Thumb Sucking Poem: The Little Comforter

I’ve been through the roller coaster of emotions regarding my daughter’s thumb sucking habit. It has been one of the toughest triggers for me, which I found new methods to help me deal with those tough emotions. Although I’m in a much better place about it, I still sometimes mess up by saying things likeContinue reading “Thumb Sucking Poem: The Little Comforter”