A Lingering Grief
My Daddy died when I was 21. Death is not like it looks in the movies, there is no grace or elegance, there’s no breezy sigh or dramatic halt. Instead it’s counting seconds between breaths and watching screens for neon flickers. And all the while you know what’s coming; that the person you love is going to walk though a doorway, close it behind them and leave you. The dread is exhausting. The fear is lonely. The certainty is crushing. Death is practically offensive by it’s invisibility. It pays no heed to the soul it takes or the dignity it costs. In life my Dad was scathingly funny, scarily smart,…
Montessori – A Lesson For Parents In Trusting The Child.
Follow the child is a popular hashtag on instagram, but aside from letting kids pick their own books and toys what does it look like in practice? Sometimes it means trusting them when they tell you “I’m ready.”
A Waste Free Week
Every month this year I’ll be focussing in reducing the waste produced by my household. Between Blue Planet 2, the Latte Levy and plastic free aisles in supermarkets it feels like everyone in the UK is waking up to waste. I decided to start the year by tackling our food waste. I’d be embarrassed to admit how many half used food items are thrown out in my house at the end of every week. It had become something I felt I couldn’t control and a fairly large source of anxiety and guilt for me. Taking the bull by the horns (as opposed to just shutting the fridge door and Parenting…
My Five Favourite Montessori Appropriate Authors
Choosing Montessori Appropriate books is a minefield so I've put together this list of Montessori Appropriate Authors to speed up your selections and allow you to make requesting books from your library easier. If you’re more a ‘watcher’ than a reader there’s a video version with a look inside the books at the end!
Planning a Square Foot Garden – January in the Kitchen Garden
The first in our series on Square Foot Garden, this month looking at how to to plan a SFG and layout your veg in each bed.