Gathering at Holland House

Chapter 10: Privileged

Recently, I had the privilege of spending a long weekend amongst the company of 30 insanely talented authors and illustrators. From the intimate setting of Holland House, in the beautiful Cotswolds, I was one of the privileged few who got to watch James Mayhew draw to music, I created cats and characters with Viviane Schwarz  and as a busy mum of two, had the luxury of eating for 4 days without having to do a weekly shop, prepare a single meal or wash a single plate! Privileged? Very!

Toddler on a time out stool in corner

Bad Behaviour: Is it Time Up for Time-Out?

Time-outs. Do you use this behaviour tool with your children? Have you ever? Does it work? Perhaps you have a naughty step or a thinking chair, perhaps you have a calm-down corner or a comfort space; there may be a million ways to refer to time-out just as there are a million variations of how to actually do it - undeniably, it has become a common technique for managing difficult childhood behaviour. But, what if I told you that psychologists now believed that frequent time-outs were just as harmful to our children as spanking; would you still send your children to the naughty step then? And what should you do to instil discipline instead?

#imamumand – Lynn Warren Explains The Truth about Positive Birth

Growing a human is a big deal. Birthing a human is a mighty big deal. The entire process is incredible! Right at this very moment, as I sit here typing, a good friend of mine is in labour, about to experience birth through a mother's eyes for the first time. I can only hope that she gets the right birth for her, it all goes smoothly and she starts her journey as a parent feeling empowered, not fearful, in control, not fretful... time will tell. I met with Lynn Warren from Birth Easy to find out the truth about positive birth...

Notepad and Pens with Penguin Logo

Chapter 7: Retreat!

A week into the hottest summer holidays on record and I was buying a jumper. Why? That's a very good question. I was in London - by myself, alone, freedom - enjoying the company of fourteen other creatives, an author, an editor and a very sexy illustrator on a two day writing workshop at Penguin Random House! I had remembered my laptop, charger, notepad, brightly coloured pens, etc, but hadn't considered encountering...

boy explores plants with magnifying glass

Chapter 5: Regression – It’s Okay Mummy

Woh - what a week! You know that feeling after you've had a long day in heels and you finally arrive home, sit down and can kick them off... wait for it... aah! That's how I feel about this week. Daddy has been away, so I've had to hold onto the parenting reins solo, which would be okay if my children hadn't seemingly turned into untamed, wild horses overnight. Okay - I say children - I'll be honest, I really am referring to just one child in particular...