Montessori at Home: Preparing a Toddler for a Newborn
Before Indi’s arrival one of my main concerns was Alfie’s reaction. Would he be jealous? Would he feel left out? Would he experience resentment? Would he become anxious? I think this is a worry that many parents share when introducing a toddler to a new baby. I’ve made a list of all the ways we prepared him to be a big brother and I’ve tried to list them in order of their helpfulness. When I thought about what a toddler would find stressful about a new baby’s arrival I started to understand the amount of changes a child would have to adapt to in a short space of time. My…
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Readers I need a little favour! Would you be so kind as to vote for Fred, Ted and company at the Boots Family & Infant Awards. It’s a huge privilege to be nominated along with some amazing Irish bloggers. We’re the only Montessori focused blog that has been nominated and more than anything I want to encourage more parents to try Montessori at home! Just click the image below and then ‘Vote for this product’, there’s no registration required and it only takes two seconds! MASSIVE THANKS!!!
What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag
Packing your Hospital Bag to have a baby is like packing for a holiday. Except you don’t know where you’re going, how long you’re staying, what you’ll be doing or who you’re going to meet! My goal when packing my maternity bag was to remove the need to make any decisions during my labour and also to make everything easy/quick to access. There are so many variable when it comes to planning birth and there’s no way to know exactly what will happen. Since you don’t know what your recovery will be like my approach is to cover all bases and prepare for a 3 day stay. Baby’s First Outfit…
Plastic Free July
In January 2018 I made myself and my family a promise that I would try harder not to damage the earth in the name of convenience. Plastic Free July has been the perfect time to recommit myself to reducing plastic. I made a few straightforward changes that immediately cut or reduced our plastic consumption. Getting started can be the hardest part, once you’ve bought a keep cup and reusable shopping bags what more can you do? And is it possible to make any changes when you’re a busy mum? After all, you don’t quite fancy making your own soap or foraging for your dinner! It is absolutely possible! And while…
May In the Kitchen Garden
FINALLY! Spring is here and it’s time for the May update from our Kitchen Garden. Normally at this time of year I’m seeing big bursts of growth. I’d expect big bushy tops on my carrots, delicate curls and swirls around my pea frame, a thick carpet of salads and the suggestion of strong roots on most things. Well not this year! It feels like it’s only in the last few days that it’s stopped raining. In fact there was even had a frost last night so all my delicates had to be covered! Square Foot Gardening To maximise the yield from our small beds we are practicing Square Foot Gardening…
30 Ideas for 30 Days Wild – Outdoor Play with a Toddler
30 ways for you and your toddler to make the most of 30 days wild
Easy Vegetables to Grow with Children
Any outside space is the ultimate prepared environment, without any effort at all it provides a wealth of learning opportunities in just about every plane of development and to suit nearly every interest. Here's a quick guide on how to get started on the veg patch and how to get your toddler involved too!
Wellies and Self Care
The lesson I learnt from the family shoes, how wellies can radicalise your self care and why your children need a mom who puts herself first.
March in the Kitchen Garden
In the third of this year’s series on the Kitchen Garden I’m sharing our planting schedule and thinking a little bit about Spring. Spring On The March As a child of the summer Winter takes an unfortunate toll on my sun seeking soul, March therefore holds a special charm for me. It is in March thankfully that Winter finally surrenders though rarely with the dignity to accept the inevitable and more years than not with a decrepit stubbornness of threadbare fog cloaks and miserly dustings of frost. In March the evening is once again returned to us, ours are the dawn chorus and the evensong, ours are the fresh eggs…
Deciding What and When to Plant – February in the Kitchen Garden
The second in our series on Square Foot Gardening in our Potager Garden, this month looking at what seeds to sow and when to sow them to ensure a steady supply of home grown veg so you can Grow Your Own without a Glut.