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 […]

My Simple Morning Rhythm as a Mother of 3

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Establishing a simple morning rhythm is essential for promoting calm and gaining control over the most important part of your day.   I recently wrote about establishing about establishing a calm, simple before school rhythm for your children – but what about you?   How you start your day can affect how the rest of […]

How to Help Kids Develop Physical Literacy

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If you take a look at Instagram early years ideas on any given day, you’ll notice heaps of ideas for fine motor skills, but not much about gross motor skills and physical literacy. Here’s the thing though, gross motor skills and physical activities are just as important, but perhaps not so easy to share on […]

5 Ways to Reduce screen-time at Home + our favourite educational shows!

5 ways to reduce screen time featuring a little girl, aged 5 and a 3 year old boy watching cosmic kids yoga

Experts recommend a maximum of an hour of screen-time per day for children aged between 2 and 5 which is all very well and good, but I think we’ve all been in a position where TV just feels like the golden solution! Here’s the thing though, the more screen-time your child gets, the more they […]

7 Evidence-Based Ways to Address Sibling Conflict

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Sibling conflict can impact on the whole family, particularly when combined with extended periods of lockdown. That’s why I’ve invited Dr. Cara Damiano Goodwin, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, and founder of, @parentingtranslator to share here opinions and advice on siblings and how to minimise sibling conflict! Why are siblings important? 82% of children in the United […]

3 Things to Know About Helping Young Kids with Anxiety

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There’s no denying that the past 18 months of the coronavirus has been draining on all of us. But what about the impact it has on young children? This week, I’ve invited paediatrician and author of Parenting in a Pandemic, Dr Kelly Fradin to share her insights on helping young kids with anxiety.   By […]