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 ...

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). ...

A daily intention to improve your day

"So, does this mean I need to buy you a new ring?" My husband looked suspicious. "Well that's a nice idea", I replied as he retreated with some haste. "But it's not strictly necessary", I added, as the study door closed. Let me explain. I've been experimenting recently with setting daily intentions. Finding life with baby and ...

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 ...

How to have a fun mini break, without leaving your house!

Ah, the promise of a weekend away: whether you're seeking sunshine,  craving culture or fantasising about foodie treats, a mini break can be just the ticket. Many millenia ago, circa 2012 BC (before children), we spent weekends skipping* around Europe with suitcases smaller than a packet of cornflakes and a, frankly reckless, absence of wet wipes. ...

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...

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...