Growing up, the black sheep of the family was always considered a rebel and not a favourable person to be within an extended family. Looking back on people I’ve known to be the rebel, I feel a respect for their confidence in eschewing social norms, the things that are expected of them. Perhaps being a … Continue reading The rebel, the black sheep →
Right now the entire world is in the depths of panic. Its grip on our society is tight; each action making each person just a bit more worried. But, hope is not lost. Yes, this is a global pandemic. People are dying. People are losing their jobs. We cannot control everything, we have to accept … Continue reading Global panic: take control of the anxiety →
Ross Greene has a powerful idea about how to reframe our thinking about kid’s behaviour. The objective of this book, and many like it, along with countless blogs, Facebook groups and experts in the fields of psychology, teaching, and social work, is to empower parents to step back and recognise their child is normal and … Continue reading Kids do well, if they can →
I was chatting with a friend about how difficult I was finding this current season of parenting. We haven’t long moved house and its to be expected that chaos may still feel like the dominant aspect of home life. I often feel overwhelmed and exhausted by clutter, disorganisation and mess. I know I’m not alone! … Continue reading 3 ways to overcome perfectionism →
One of the hardest things about being a parent to an autistic child is working out what you should be doing for them and then advocating for their needs. A lot of parents are sent to ABA led therapy centres, but if you talk to autistic adults, they’ll tell you ABA is abuse. My lesson … Continue reading Helping families of autistic children →
As a long-time sufferer of anxiety, I had always liked things being in their place. I knew instinctively that clutter was affecting my mood and my relationships. I hated the amount of time it took to tidy up, all the time. I became overwhelmed by managing a home and working full time. Then when I … Continue reading Why and how I became a minimalist →
I’m reading a book at the moment called “The Rent Collector” by Camron Wright. The main character lives in a rubbish dump and her family have for generations. The well-written illustration of the waste society generates is a powerful visual image we could all learn from. The purpose of this blog has always been about … Continue reading How to stop buying stuff →
With the price of clothing, jewellery, shoes and home decor plummeting in the past 50 years, we have lost perspective. When previous generations wore things until they were worn or not repairable, we now have multiple versions of things… How many pairs of shoes do we really need? How many coats, jumpers, pairs of socks? … Continue reading The value of things →
The beautiful thing about being home with my boys, and my husband being home studying, is we can take things slow. Building and playing Lego is a huge part of our life, especially with our eldest who needs lots of quiet time. We also have a wonderful yard now since we moved to the country, … Continue reading Slow, simple days →
This fantastic book explains in detail the way families live in the early 2000s. The study was conducted by the Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) at UCLA from 2001 – 2010. It is the result of an interdisciplinary and collaborative research project that shows the impacts of the material worlds of 32 American … Continue reading Life at home in the 21st century →
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