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 ...

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...

A two minute trick for instant calm

Our week started slowly. ‘It’s 9.15 on a Monday morning,’ commented my husband, ‘and none of us are dressed. What kind of a working family is this?’ Now if the decade I spent as a home-based wine rep taught me anything, it's that wearing pyjamas at midday is perfectly acceptable, and in no way related to productivity. ...

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, ...