Balance, Evidence Based Parenting, Mental health, mindful parenting, mothering, Parenting

Mindful Moments Easing my Days

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

Family, mindful parenting, occupational therapy, Parenting

From Hindrance to Helpful: Jobs for Kids at the Campsite

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

Parenting, Personal, Starting school at six

Ode to the Preschool Years

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

Christmas, creative play, Early childhood development, Family, Fine motor development, hand eye co-ordination, Indoor activities, open ended play, Parenting, Screen free activities, Traditions, visual perceptual skills

Open Ended Toys and Shopping Small: What Our Kids are Getting for Christmas.

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.