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.

Family, Mental health, mothering, Parenting, Personal, Preschoolers

Six Truths of Travelling with Small Children

Recently we went away with our three kids, aged 5 (& 3/4 - very important), 4, and almost 2 years. Whilst it was a fabulous holiday, giving us some much needed family bonding time, I was reminded about how logistically hard it can be travelling with young children. The photos don't show it; because who… Continue reading Six Truths of Travelling with Small Children

Balance, Family, mothering, Parenting, Personal

The Weight of Parenting is Getting Lighter

After living in what seems like a blur of three small children for the last few years, I can feel the weight of parenting getting lighter. When you're in that blur of the first few years, the load can seem heavy and the work non-stop. Always fixing the meals, dressing the little people, being 100%… Continue reading The Weight of Parenting is Getting Lighter

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

Increasing Your Daily Joy

I’ve been on a “Joy Spotting” mission lately. Joy Spotting is intentionally seeking out and taking notice of small pockets of joy. A few months ago I watched a TED talk that was doing the rounds. The speaker, Ingrid Fetell Lee, was dressed in a brightly coloured dress, and she just seemed to radiate JOY.… Continue reading Increasing Your Daily Joy