I've spoken before about my journey to change my parenting style and I've recommended books that have been great stepping stones on the journey. Today I am recommending another one. It is "Listen : Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges" by Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore. Like many of the other books… Continue reading Listen
Welcome to 2016 ! I hope that you and your family have had a nice holiday season. Now that it is almost back to normal routine, I thought I'd share a few snippets that have caught my eye over the break. The first is a wonderful quote from Jamie Martin from Simple Homeschool. As home educating parents… Continue reading Happy New Year
This article from Science Alert came wandering across my web view today. It's called "New study suggests we're sending our kids to school too young". My initial reaction to reading the title was, 'well, duh!' The idea of sending my just-turned-five year old children off to school simply turned my guts when I thought about… Continue reading When are kids too young?
I've decided to run an experiment here at the Patch. I'm guessing that like most folk I harbour the idea that if left to their own devices the kids would turn in to the world's biggest couch potatoes, staring in a glazed-over way at the TV. In our house it would be staring at YouTube… Continue reading Experiment: Letting Go
Today's post is really a recommended reading. It's about play and it's importance to our children. I love this article by Genevieve Simperingham, it encapsulates so much of what I wish for my kids. It's called, very simply, The Power of Play. I'm also very slowly working my way through Lawrence Cohen's book "Playful Parenting" which has… Continue reading Playing with the kids