After the mindfulness course – what happened next?

I received a letter in the post this morning, written in my own handwriting. I thought for a moment. It wasn't Valentine's Day, so what could it be? It was something I'd written 6 months ago, during the final session of an 8 week mindfulness course. I began the course as I was around 6 month's ...

How full is your cup today?

How full is my cup? My cup is always full. In fact, I currently have five full cups of tea stationed around the flat. I never get the chance to bloody drink them. Or do you mean bra cups? Those particular cups do runneth over. Thanks to a ravenous baby they’re inflated beyond all reasonable proportions. There ...

A Father’s Day Note

The urgent need for a gift for my husband has found me in a pottery cafe, yet again, ruining perfectly good mugs with our children’s painted footprints. The irony is not lost on the toddler, who notes that I am less enthused about her handprints when they adorn the TV screen, the folding doors and ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...