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 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 ...

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...