Mindfulness; the small act of taking notice, of being present, of becoming grounded. I’ve been practicing this this lately. Because I've been having some hard moments in the last few weeks. It’s been the first few weeks of starting school, of changing routines. My mind has been full. Full to overflowing of supporting my children,… Continue reading Mindful Moments Easing my Days
We've just returned from five days camping, and now that I've recovered, I can sit down and write this story that's been on my mind. This is a story about how my six year old was pushing allll of my buttons, and could have easily resulted in me blowing my top at him, but instead… Continue reading From Hindrance to Helpful: Jobs for Kids at the Campsite
Here's to not living by the ringing of the school bell. Here's to the slow mornings, the late starts, trying to make it to kindy on time, yet being waylaid again by yet another dead bumble bee that needs examining and carpets of fallen kowhai blossoms and fuzzy pussy-willows. Here's to the hours of play… Continue reading Ode to the Preschool Years
I thought I'd share what my kids will be getting for Christmas this year. Not because anyone's asked. But because I'm a blogger, so that's what I do. This year I had a couple of goals in mind for gifts for the kids: Open ended play items: meaning toys that can be played with in… Continue reading Open Ended Toys and Shopping Small: What Our Kids are Getting for Christmas.