Some of you may be aware of the #30dayswild challenge run by the UK Wildlife Trust throughout June. Some of you may have seen the gorgeous magazine-worthy blog and Instagram posts recording the "Random Acts of Wildness" that over 49,000 people, including me, have signed up to commit... here's ours. So, we're home educating. We are … Continue reading #30dayswild – here’s how we’re doing!
Written for World Autism Awareness Week: this is my equivalent of the shaved head, raffle or sponsored slim. If it touches you at all, please click here to make a donation to the National Autistic Society or at least, share as widely as you can so we can hopefully tap into some rich people... Pause Accidents will happen (even in … Continue reading Pause: an alphabetical proverbial poem about adulting and parenting
Sometimes days are just perfect for no reason other than you are 100% living them. Warm soft sand, warm soft breeze, warm soft family, warm soft arms, warm soft words... ...rather belatedly via Photo Challenge: Relax PS - the original high-resolution files for these images are lost, it serves as a reminder to relax, live … Continue reading Photo Challenge: Relax
Words can inflame situations and words can burn and scar. So often I hear parents ruining an amazing learning moment with thoughtless words, leaving the child scorched, smarting in pain and with nothing salvageable left from their experience. Mum! I made a boat that floated all the way across the puddle and... Junior, why are your … Continue reading Scorched: parenting and learning
I can't guarantee anything for anyone else, nor for my own family. I know what does damage, and I know what might help. Every second of every day things happen or don't happen and there are consequences. I would say if you don't want to gamble, don't unschool, but the truth is that everything else … Continue reading Guarantee
I took this photo just moments ago, holding our breath, wondering at the wobbly bubbly colours, trying not to giggle and make it pop. We were trying to squeeze in as many different tricks and experiments as we could imagine, squeeze out as much fun and laughter as possible, before the itchy gloves became too overwhelming. Sometimes the … Continue reading Photo Challenge: Magic
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Mark Twain
The other day my husband sent me a link to an old TEDTalk from 2006 by Sir Ken Robinson: "Do schools kill creativity?", it was as good to watch as ever. I love this TEDTalk, make a coffee, tea, whatever and make time to watch this. Firstly because Ken Robinson is so naturally very funny; a … Continue reading Do schools kill creativity? Yes, they did.
Yesterday morning I heard that David Bowie had died of cancer, aged 69. Yesterday afternoon I spent a grateful and contented hour walking and talking with my darling Dad. He is convalescing from an operation to remove a cancerous tumour, he is 69, thankfully he's going to be OK. We also lost my husband's father … Continue reading And these children that you spit on…
I have a developing passion and obsession with spoken word as in performance-based poetry (not as in just talking). For me it's partly listening to the rhythms and soundscapes as much as the words, the natural evolution/partner of my love of beatboxing. This probably doesn't make sense but give or take a microphone and sound system, … Continue reading Fellow feeling and spoken word: the power to affect others for good