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 ...

Yoga & young kids: how, why, what…why?

My Downward Dog pose may be more Wobbly Whippet than Graceful Greyhound, but yoga has been my faithful friend for over 7 years now. I find that even a few minutes here and there aids my ongoing search for serenity (it’s probably lurking under the sofa with all the half-eaten food, and dolls' house furniture). ...

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 ...

Breathing exercises for young children

I’m walking around the house with feathers in my bra. It’s almost like our own private Mardi Gras. Wait, I might try that out as a rap. Three weeks in to life as a family of four, and the sleep deprivation is beginning to take its toll.  As such, I have been trying to think of ...

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 ...

I am toddler, hear me roar (lion’s breath practice)

‘We're going to be lions,’ I say. ‘Rah,’ says the toddler. This was going to be easy. Keen to see an improvement in our afternoon energy levels, this week for my Parenting Calm project, the toddler and I decided to try a yogic breathing technique called lion’s breath (click here for instructions).Continue Reading...

Catch the pigeon (toddler lessons in mindfulness)

February began, for the toddler and I, with snotty cuddles and coughing competitions. ‘Dry January’ was an easy win for both of us (aided by pregnancy and not being tall enough to reach the wine rack), but our current glow owes more to contamination than bountiful health.Continue Reading...

Walking meditation, via the coffee shop

Until a few days ago, we were absorbing vitamin D in sweltering Cape Town; enjoying morning beach walks and waking up to the sound of crashing waves.  This was all quite conducive to relaxation, and the perfect setting for the 1st pause: a walking meditation. We’re now back in London, absorbing the exhaust fumes of ...