Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Sleep and the benefits of Bedtime Routines for children

Do your children have a bedtime ritual?  Below is a gentle idea to soothe them before bedtime and ease them into sleep. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A Simple Bedtime Idea My brother in law responded to my newsletter, ‘Simple Ways To Enhance Children’s Sleep‘ by sending over a beautiful message about his evening wind down routine. This included lighting a candle before he snuggles under his soft covers. I shared his story with my daughter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After she’s cleaned her teeth, my daughter lights our little buddha statue, and then settles back for a short and calming foot massage. When she was little … Continue reading Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Sleep and the benefits of Bedtime Routines for children

‘Miss, The Elephants’

Ladybird Ladybird  ‘Please put that back where you found it,  hurry up and get back into line,’ words shouted to a 6 year old child in a school I was teaching in a while ago. The little girl had a ladybird in the palm of her hand and was showing it to a friend.  She set the ladybird free and lined up in the straight line with all the other children. ‘Miss, the elephant’  A teaching mentor once advised me ‘Don’t be the teacher who misses the elephant walking past the classroom’ When I was teaching in Tanzania, we often … Continue reading ‘Miss, The Elephants’

Adults stop playing because they worry they might fall over.

A Lesson From the Brownies  Another ‘Random’ workshop with the Brownies this evening.   Before we did some moves, mindset and mindlessness, I did a little research for my ‘adult’ playful / random / mindlessful workshop this Saturday and asked them 3 questions –   What does the word ‘play’ mean to you? –   Friends Games Tablet Donuts   ‘Why Do Adults Stop Playing’?   Because of us They haven’t got time They give up They can’t play, don’t know how to Too old to be chased Worried about falling over We are faster than them and they get … Continue reading Adults stop playing because they worry they might fall over.

What Will You Settle On Today?

What will you settle on today? Some people love being preoccupied with thoughts. Thoughts provide them with constant entertainment, interaction, they believe thinking is important. They are addicted to distraction and fearful of boredom, inner silence, or feeling alone without them. Our minds are often likened to busy monkeys leaping from tree to tree or butterflies fluttering from flower to flower. We are good at multitasking, reacting, and scanning for the pleasant, unpleasant or neutral and choosing all the time between them. Life is fast paced, work is busy, families are doing, schools are cramming… So what can we settle … Continue reading What Will You Settle On Today?

How I Help My Children Go To Bed

Frustrated with getting your kids to bed? The children are finally in bed – it only takes us an hour of asking them to right? Then they need about 5 wees, decide they are hungry and want to discuss the meaning of life. How about creating such a wonderful nighttime haven for them that they jump into bed willingly and soon after fall asleep? Just imagine having an evening where you weren’t being constantly called back upstairs. Do you feel confident at bedtime? I know very few parents with this wonderful bedtime routine, largely because when I speak to them … Continue reading How I Help My Children Go To Bed

Smile and Grunt

 Can we learn to love Tech? Do you have a morning routine to check in with yourself? The holidays are here and I continue to be an early riser which has been a perfect way to create a longer meditation habit, which actually gives me more time across the day.   Each morning,  I sit and meditate for 40 to 60 minutes,  after which I often write out my morning pages and then enjoy some yoga, qi gong, swim or a run, which I shorten when I’m back on the school run. As the kids have got older they sleep … Continue reading Smile and Grunt