Category: Parenting Strategies

Teaching the kids about having their own ‘Tribe’

There’s a Facebook ‘meme’ that does the rounds every now and again. I like it. Try as I might I can’t attribute it to anyone, but here it is: When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of “Me too!” be sure to treasure them because those weirdos are your tribe. I… Read more →

Just Say No!

“Say No to strangers, Say No,no no no no no! Say No to strangers And never with them go! Short or tall, Thin or fat Young or old With a big flat cap! Say no to strangers Say no no no no no no!” I remember this song from when I was in Year Four at Primary School and a… Read more →

What’s in a label?

There’s this argument I keep having online. Argument is a bit of a strong word, I suppose…but I always end up drawn in to answering a common question. People often disagree with me and although I can see their point of view I still put my point across. So that’s kind of arguing, right? The question that draws me in… Read more →

Teaching Kids Solution Focussed Thinking

We try to empower our kids. We don’t want them to be reliant on us for everything…not just because we have four kids and for us to do everything would make us particularly knackered and grumpy, but because, well, you don’t know how long you’ve got on the planet and these little people we are raising will at some point… Read more →

10 simple tips to deal with stress

I am a home educating parent of four kids and my house is a tip. I sometimes shout at the kids when they kick their wellies off in the hallway and chicken poo flies off them up the walls. I am supposed to educate them, take them out socialising, keep on top of the house, do the laundry, I wipe… Read more →

Bridge kids recommended TV and film viewing!

My kids fight over the TV remote! There! I admitted it! My kids come downstairs at around 7am and they watch TV until I come down to make breakfast at around 8am. In order to make sure no one argues we have a rota. The rules are simple: if their name is on the calendar for that day, they get… Read more →

Kisses are given not taken

Oona has always been a suspicious and mistrustful child. Reserved and silent rather than smiley and cuddly. Of course in private she is smiley and cuddly but get the camera out and the smile disappears. Visitors? The only person she wants to cuddle is me. I hesitate to use the word ‘shy’ because I feel that once a child is… Read more →

Nursies When the Sun Shines and Gro clock

You may recall I’ve been night weaning Oona (for about a year ha ha) and I find that things go very well until she is teething or poorly but then we have to start at the beginning again so I was looking for something that might teach her the concept of the boobies going to sleep and therefore being out… Read more →

Icky Sticky Kids in Hebden Bridge

We went along to Icky Sticky kids last week, and we had a blast! Oona went in her training pants and kept them dry, Woohoo! and whilst she was quite careful and considered in her play, preferring to play in the water than the messy stuff, Leon went mad and came home looking like he’s been an extra in a… Read more →

Potty Training

I promised I would blog about my potty training methods: Being a mother of four, I’ve tried different potty training methods with different children and had varying results. Elizabeth was late to potty train for a number of reasons: Imogen was born when she was 16 months old and by the time Imogen was 6 months old (and I suppose… Read more →