Again this is telling us the obvious. We must learn to nurture our babies, if it doesn’t come naturally to us….

Originally posted on Quartz:

At the end of a gravel road in the Chippewa National Forest of northern Minnesota, a group of camp counselors has gathered to hear psychotherapist Tina Bryson speak about neuroscience, mentorship, and camping. She is in Minnesota by invitation of the camp. Chippewa is at the front of a movement to bring brain science to bear on the camping industry; she keynoted this past year’s American Camping Association annual conference. As Bryson speaks to the counselors gathered for training, she emphasizes one core message: at the heart of effective discipline is curiosity—curiosity on the part of the counselors to genuinely understand and respect the campers’ experience while away from home.

Brain science is far from a precise field, but Bryson deploys it effectively when she conducts trainings. She has lectured from Australia to Germany, California to DC, and the camp trainings are only a small portion of what she does…

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another thoughtful post from Sarah Ockwell-Smith which i felt the need to reblog as i have been so rubbish at blogging anything original for sooooo long!! having 2 littlies under 5 (not for long) is soooo time consuming and deliciously wonderful – no time for thoughtful posts – sorry! x

Originally posted on Sarah Ockwell-Smith - Parenting Expert:

There are so many parenting myths in circulation in society. I’m sure you’ve come across many yourself.

Many are obviously myths and therefore easy to ignore. Others however seem far more ingrained and sound far more plausible. The plausibility and popularity of some of the top parenting myths cause a great deal of misunderstanding, and often stress, for vulnerable new parents.

These are my top ten parenting myths:

1. Your 3 or 4 month old baby is teething 

Drooling – tick, everything in mouth – tick, disrupted sleep – tick, unhappy baby – tick. Must be teething!

Think again. Every single one of these is normal behaviour for 3 and 4 month old babies, teething or no teething.

Almost all babies of this age: 1. drool a lot, 2. put everything in their mouths, 3. wake frequently at night and 4. cry a lot/become a bit of a grouch. For the…

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Yes please – I want more films like this.

I want to make films like this!!

To be taken on a journey through someone’s life from the age of 5 until 17 in one film was the most inspiring thing I have seen in AGES or even EVER!

I hadn’t realised how shallow and one dimensional so many films are as they don’t or can’t (boring budget restrictions) take the time and space for an idea to become profound. 

Richard Linklater has achieved this profundity and i love it – thank you!

I was really pleased to see the Mum (Patricia Arquette) character studying and then teaching Attachment Theory and Bowlby – great touch Richard!!

I stumbled across this the other day and loved this presentation from a 12yr old on the state of education…look at what our children are capable of given the chance to love learning! I hope my boys will appreciate the time and thought i am giving to their early learning experiences…only time will tell!


Yet again I have found a response from Sarah that totally clarifies what I am parenting for. More empathy. More peace and more love.

Originally posted on Sarah Ockwell-Smith - Parenting Expert:

A few days ago the HuffPost posted this article: 5 Reasons Modern-Day Parenting is in Crisis – According to a British Nanny and social media has been awash with horrified responses ever since.

I must admit the article made me feel a little sick too, my personal opinion is that it is precisely because of experts like the author of the Huff Post article that modern-day parenting is in crisis.

I do however agree with the author, modern day parenting is in trouble. Like the author I too have worked with thousands and parents and their children across two decades and what I see worries me, what worries me more however is the advice these parents are given and trustingly follow.

Here are the five greatest problems facing modern day parents in my opinion:


1. A Fear of Listening to our Children.

The vast majority of today’s parents blindly trust the…

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love this review from Suzanne Zeedyk – Thanks!

Originally posted on Suzanne Zeedyk:

The information about babies’ needs and babies’ experiences is flooding in these days.  It can seem daunting to try to get any overview on those messages.

For anyone interested in trying to do just that, you might have a look at the new film out by Kate Jangra, called Babyhood. Kate is an independent filmmaker and mother, who wanted to try to provide insights into what she sees as the landscape within which children are today growing up.

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Dirt is good – and lets celebrate it – ironic coming from a huge brand of washing powder, and even more so considering the ingredients that Persil contains, which illustrates their lack of concern for children’s future, as it is seriously toxic to the environment. But that aside…well done to them for these videos, it is about time we looked at the world from a child’s perspective. Although cynical old me did wonder how many of the kids ideas were true and how many ideas were written by a copywriter!
And they copied my idea! bah

Originally posted on Rethinking Childhood:

A couple of weeks ago the UK laundry brand Persil (known in many parts of the world as Omo) released a set of short videos called ‘Kids Today’. The aim is to give parents insights into the intrinsic value of play, using ‘point of view’ cameras to bring the viewer closer to the world as seen through children’s eyes. Here is the first, entitled ‘Play Face’.

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I saw this and was totally inspired. I wish we could be braver about the way we allow our children to play.


Well done Hollie McNish again for such beautiful words that bring tears to my eyes. And lovely film too.

Originally posted on Rethinking Childhood:

This video (words by Hollie McNish, video by film maker Ben Dowden) stopped me short with its power and rhythm, and the interplay between words and images.

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I came across this video today, and it blew my mind.

I have been thinking so much about this as I really want to make a film about education, schooling and home education/unschooling.

Suli Breaks breaks (s’cuse the pun) it down for us. It’s powerful stuff.


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