Mindful parenting: 4 things I’ve learnt so far

This year, soon to become a mother of two and having recently gained so many wrinkles that our clothes look ironed by comparison (they aren’t, but every cloud…), I decided to focus on building my mental resources with a new blog project - Parenting Calm. Weary of feisty debates with the toddler on weighty issues ...

Gratitude photo journals (and other pregnancy projects)

As I write this I’m in bed, half-dressed and smeared in chocolate. Not so long ago this could have meant the beginning of a great mini break but, at 38 weeks’ pregnant, this is far from the case. Besides anything else, I wouldn’t be wasting the chocolate. I’m enjoying the last few weeks of pregnancy, and ...

Step away from the smartphone: 6 ways to reduce family tech time

How many times a day do you pick up your smartphone? Recently I’ve tuned into my, often mindless, use of mine and focused on reducing my tech time. “Why on earth would you want to do that?” you might ask. “You’re only a beard and a cave away from being a hermit, most of your social ...

The big turn off – AKA Superpowered Sleep!

Last week I embarked on project ‘Superpowered Sleep’. I had an epic, rib-shattering cough and cold, and the additional symptom of excessive whinging led me to suspect I was a victim of man-flu. The lines between night and day were fuzzier than usual but I still managed to focus on ‘superpowering’ my sleep, by which I ...