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 ...

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 ...

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...