4 creative ways to make memories last

So, we're leaving London, our home of ten years. It started as a casual conversation across the three washing airers that are permanent residents in our living area. Like many city-dwellers before us, we were seduced by the idea of a bit more space. Considering their compact size, toddlers and babies have an amazing ability ...

Why babies make excellent meditation aids

Of late, my meditation practice (such as it was) has, like the rest of me, gone a bit slack. Every day I plan to factor in a little relaxation, a few stretches – something to soothe and refresh my tired, frayed mind. And then, the day whirls by in haze of toddler negotiations, baby feeding frenzies ...

Finding extra time to connect with my child

Relationships can be hard work to maintain, and this week I knew I needed to work on one of mine. The toddler, 18 days ago, became a big sister. I know it’s been 18 days because I’m counting the scratches on her cot walls. She’s coping very well with the seismic change that shook her tiny ...

Surviving life with a newborn and toddler

I had a baby. The last time I had a baby was just over two years ago, around the same time that we began watching Game of Thrones. Interestingly, I can remember virtually every storyline of Game of Thrones and yet I had forgotten many of the details of life with a newborn. Such as...Continue Reading...

Mindful birthing: using mindfulness during labour

I’m about to have a baby. Last time I had a baby, it wasn’t much fun. I went into my first birth incredibly well-prepared. After 9 months of yoga, natural birth books and an excellent hypnobirthing course, I drew up my birth plan. I intended to breathe out the baby into an orb of white light, witnessed ...

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 ...

Parenting Calm is born

I was recently engaged in protracted negotiations that pushed the limits of both my patience and rational thinking. My requests, both simple and reasonable, were met with derision and opposition. The situation began with a simple attempt to change my toddler's nappy. Despite having adopted the stagger of a drunken cowboy to accommodate the growing bulge, ...