“Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” This quote, courtesy of Betty White (a brilliant actress notorious now for playing sweet old ladies), is a poignant one for the world today’s girls are growing up in. … More Can books inspire and empower today’s girls?
What does reading a book have to offer children that playing on an iPad can’t? And how do we encourage reading?? We talked to young adult (YA) fiction author Rhian Ivory, who shared her insight on what books can offer children over technology, how to encourage children to read and write stories, and her favourite … More Children’s author Rhian Ivory on escapism and her favourite children’s books
It seems like yesterday that we were looking down at our tiny newborns, helpless and new; eyes blinking in the light of the world outside the womb. Now, twenty months on, we have TODDLERS. They amaze and frustrate us in equal measure, with their wilfulness and uncannily similar spirits. And, despite their shared love of the … More Toddler Talk
When I hear stories from friends who work in primary schools about ‘Nurture Groups’, it makes my heart weep. Young children who need to be taught to smile and how to be affectionate, or show emotion, not because they’ve experienced a life changing event and are traumatised, but because they haven’t been shown affection at … More Our messed up society AKA The suppression of maternal instinct.
Wondering why your baby is a bit cranky, not sleeping, wants more cuddles, to be carried more, or to be left alone? Has your smiling, bouncing small person suddenly switched personality? Have you been through the usual list of wind, teething, discomfort, tiredness, full nappy etc and nothing seems to be working? Yep, sometimes there … More Cranky and sleep averse baby? It could be a developmental leap…