Play in the Middle Years of Childhood

My youngest child has recently reached the middle years of childhood and now, more than ever, I am determined to keep advocating for the importance of play. Whilst This Playful Home originally started as a place for parents to embrace the power of play in the early years, increasingly you’ll notice that my blog posts […]

Embrace the Season with These 10 Must-Try Autumn Self-Care Activities

10 autumn themed self care ideas to try featuring photograph of trees in a forest during autumn

Each new season brings with it the opportunity to embrace new self-care practises. If you’ve been unable to fill your cup during the long summer break, now is the perfect time to try something new. I personally love getting outside in nature during the Autumn months. They are the perfect opportunity to get a dose […]

Dear Mama: 13 lessons from 13 years of motherhood

motherhood lessons: featuring a brunette mother carrying her baby daughter in a blue ergo baby carrier

Dear mama, Recently I have been reflecting on my motherhood journey so far. My eldest son turned 13 in May and as I enter this brand new season of motherhood, I have been in a contemplative mood.   Depending on where you are in your own motherhood journey, 13 years might seem like a long […]

Travelling with Kids: 5 tips from an expat family of 5

travelling with kids: a 6 year old girl enjoys a water taxi ride in Venice

Seeing the world through your children’s eyes can be a magical experience. There’s something about the joy and excitement of ‘first ever’ trips via plane, train or boat. Or the very first time they dip their tiny toes into the ocean and squeal in delight. Whilst it’s fair to say that travelling with kids can […]

My Story: How I Simplified the Early Years of Motherhood

a mother carries her baby daughter in a blue baby carrier

It took me a while to realise that parenting didn’t have to be complicated. I used to make life extremely difficult for myself by overthinking and over-doing. A moment of clarity came for me when I was trying to get my children involved in a craft project: they were just not into it and I […]

6 Ways to Support Independence in Young Children

a four year old boy with blonde hair climbs a rock

When it comes to most asked questions in my inbox, ‘how can I help my child to become more independent?’ is up there. It’s a common cause of frustration for parents who desperately need a break and are wondering when things get a little easier. The truth is this: independence doesn’t happen overnight. There isn’t […]

3 Ways to Set Boundaries and Build Connection to Support Positive Behaviour

a blonde haired mother and her toddler son hug in a field

Persuading young children to listen to us and follow directions can be really tough! When we feel as though our children are not listening, it can lead to us feeling frustrated. That’s why I’ve invited Rebecca A. Weiner, M.Ed from Learn Play Grow  Consulting to write this guest post. Rebecca outlines 3 Ways that we […]

7 Evidence-Based Ways to Handle Toddler Aggression

a little girl in yellow glasses looking angry

Parenting toddlers can be tough! That’s why I’ve asked child psychologist Dr. Cara Damiano Goodwin, PhD of Parenting Translator to write this week’s guest post. Dr Cara is sharing 7 evidence-based ways to handle toddler aggression.