Category Archives: Parenting


“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.”~ Peggy O’MaraPeaceful parenting does not come naturally to me. I was raised – like many people my age, I imagine – in an authoritarian household. Yelling and punishment have been woven into the fabric of my life.I am trying to write a different story […]

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How to Calm an Anxious Child - An Everyday Story

4 Words to Help Calm an Anxious Child

4 Words to Help Calm an Anxious Child I could see the entire situation unfolding before me; before it even happened. Jack needed to have a blood test and we were given no time to prepare him. Usually we would spend the weeks leading up to something like this stepping […]

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Breaking the ‘Look Mummy’ Habit

‘Look Mummy. Look. Look. Look look look.’ I was in the kitchen while he stood in the hallway… ‘Look Mummy.’ ‘Look’. And so it went on like this everyday; several times a day. Several times an hour actually. Finally, after having my thought process interrupted one too many times, I snapped […]

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How to Quit TV - An Everyday Story

Unplugged: Why we Quit all Screens

Well hello. It’s been a little while since we have chatted, hasn’t it? I hope you had a lovely Christmas. There’s a reason things have been so quiet around here. Quite out of the blue, and without discussing it with the kids (and only briefly with my husband), I decided […]

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Talking with Children Respectfully - An Everyday Story

Children Don’t Need to be Overstimulated to Get Their Attention!

We took a bus trip today. A very special bus trip. We were going on a Bus Wash. The kids all piled on the bus; getting their tickets with giddy excitement and taking their seats. The two bus drivers introduced themselves and handed out a worksheet to each child. It was […]

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Becoming Your Most Productive Self

When we first become parents we are told again and again to embrace the moment, live in the now, the dishes can wait… and so can the washing and the dirty floors. Five years on and I think I have to say that I could never really embrace this notion. Yes […]

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