• Living

    Helpful tips to drink more water, and just how much of it do we need?

    Water is the essential fuel for life and without it we won’t last long. Yet so many of us don’t drink enough, putting a strain on our bodies, our minds and even our spirits. When we’re evenly mildly dehydrated our body cannot work efficiently, we get tired more easily, find it difficult to concentrate and are more likely to get ill. In the UK we’re told to drink 6 to 8 glasses a day, while in the US the recommendation is for eight 8 ounce glasses a day. A recent article suggested that men need around 3.7 litres or 125 ounces of water daily and women around 2.7 litres or…

  • Learning

    Joy lists : A Home Education Essential (what they are, why you should have one and how to get started).

    What is a joy list?   A place to record everything that brings you joy. Think of it as an inventory of enjoyment, a collection of all that comforts and that cheers. Literally a note to self of all you love, big and small.  Anything that sends you squealing with excitement and dancing with delight can make it on to your joy list.   Why are joy lists so important for home education?   Creating joy lists with your children sets the tone for home education. Acknowledging and respecting from the outset the importance of joy for effective learning. When we enjoy what we’re doing, learning follows effortlessly.   Joy lists…

  • Living

    14 reasons we should all be drinking more water.

    Drinking more water has been something I’ve been working on for some time. Although I’m definitely getting better at it, a little reminder of why it’s such an important habit won’t go amiss.   Water is essential for our survival and we can’t last long without it. At best we might manage a week but severe dehydration from extreme overheating can kill a person in just a few hours.   We lose water all the time through breathing, sweating and of course, going for a wee. Our bodies are made up of around two thirds water and we need to keep that store well and truly stocked up.   While…

  • Parenting

    Parenting with Kindness to Save the Human Race

      http://www.littleheartsbooks.com/about-the-authorillustrator/ Limiting our children’s choices, disregarding their rights and enforcing arbitrary rules through rewards and punishments creates frustration, anger and discontent. Perpetuating the myth that life is cruel and hard promotes a mind-set of scarcity and desperation, and skews our natural tendencies towards cooperation and connection. Fear, competition and self-obsession become the drivers by which we strive to get our needs met. The more messages that our children receive that they cannot be trusted, that they must be constrained and controlled for their own good,  the more likely they are to internalise this and begin to distrust themselves and everyone around them. In essence we create a self-fulfilling prophecy,…