Boundaries, tantrums and positive discipline: how to be gentle but firm

Boundaries, tantrums and positive discipline: how to be gentle but firm Holding boundaries as a gentle parent How do you hold a boundary when you are a gentle, responsive parent?  It’s tough! Sometimes, gentle, responsive parenting can feel like we are being permissive or that we’re letting our kids get away with “bad behaviour”. It can …

Traveling with babies and toddlers: tips for a stress free journey

Traveling with babies and toddlers: tips for a stress free journey (Well, maybe not entirely stress free…) Traveling solo with two kids!  Ten years of traveling with babies and toddlers Next week I’m heading off on holiday with my family. This is the first foreign holiday for us since Covid. To say that I’m looking …

Breast refusal/breast aversion: how to resolve it

Breast refusal/breast aversion: how to resolve it Breast aversion or breast refusal is deeply distressing. It feels like your baby is rejecting you or doesn’t like breastfeeding. My first baby was like this. I persisted for months trying to breastfeed and eventually I accepted that I was going to be exclusively pumping. So I personally …

Bedtime battles: how to have a calm, easy bedtime

Bedtime battles: how to have a calm, easy bedtime Bedtime doesn’t have to be a battle Have bedtimes become really stressful for you?  Bedtime battles are hard! I get it, you’ve spent a long day at home with the kids, or at work, you’re trying to get dinner ready, your kids are grumpy, out of …

There’s no such thing as gentle sleep training

There’s no such thing as gentle sleep training First of all, let’s define sleep training Sleep training, as I define it, is fixing your child’s “sleep problems” with routines and separation based approaches. We’re talking: “cry it out”, the “Ferber method”, and “gradual extinction”. These approaches involve reducing your response to your baby’s cues, usually …

My biggest regret as a parent

My biggest regret as a parent My daughter turned 10 just before Christmas, which felt like a huge milestone. A whole decade of parenting! If you’re old enough to document your life on Facebook, you’ll have memories that come up every day (I know, the cool kids are all over on TikTok and Instagram these …