Sunday, January 30, 2011
However, we are not religious.
How will this work we wonder...
And so today, a conversation started in our house.
"Who lives there?" I asked "Jesus?" I can't remember exactly where this place was we were talking about, but I was being playful.
Friday, January 28, 2011
baby blowing raspberries on my belly
Thursday, January 27, 2011
So I was delighted when soon after sharing my love of lullabies a wonderful new CD of lullabies arrived on my doorstep. No Twinkle, Twinkle, or Lavender's Blue here, thank God. We have paid our penance for unknown crimes committed in past lives, and played our numerous standard lullaby CDs to death - even the funky Elvis-style version of There Was a Crooked Man. I am very sorry to report that they are now all too scratched to listen to. Ah well! They are no longer needed. There is a new kid on the block!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I have only just discovered this US publication and am just about to subscribe. At the moment US readers can get a free sample issue. International readers can sign up for a free weekly newsletter with a selection of articles to get a flavour of it.
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My Transition Family Series
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
*Growing and preserving all our own fruit and veg
*Home cooking all our own food
*Filling our house with handmade craft
*Having chickens...and a couple of pigs...and maybe a cow, do we have room for a cow?
*Making my own soap and herbal teas and creams and lotions and potions and candles...
*Sewing at least some of our own clothes, and patchwork quilts...
*In an ideal world community/ home schooling and perfectly raising 3 wonderful kiddies in an attachment parenting, Steiner influenced, celebrate every tiny festival way
*Running a community bookshop/ cafe...as a way of earning a living from all my book reading and cake baking
*Writing a few best-selling books on transition living, women's circles...which you'd all buy, right?
*Editing a groundbreaking journal or magazine
*Having a spotless house and weed-free, colour-coordinated flower beds
My husband adds making our own beer,wine and cider, willow weaving, energy self sufficiency, knitting jumpers and making our own artwork and furniture to the list.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
I have nothing against housewives: I just never intended to be one. For good reason: I am a TERRIBLE housewife (see here and here). I cultivate cobwebs and laundry mountains in my home with as great success as the courgettes and coriander I grow in my garden. I try to breathe mindfully whilst I do "my duties", rather than fuming against my family, my husband and biology. I would not class my domestic skills (except cooking) anywhere in my top twenty of "things I'm good at". They don't come naturally. I don't enjoy them. In fact, often I feel like I would rather gnaw off my own arm than empty the dishwasher or tidy the toys for the umpteenth time today.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Part 1: Beyond Feminism and Housewives will be coming to a computer screen near you shortly!
What is Radical Homemakers? See here for last week's introduction...
My children's joy pockets...
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
That's what I think. With every page that I read. YES! That's me! That's why we're doing it! That's who we are! That's how we live! It has reconfirmed our life path, our journey, our motivation, our daily choices to me.
The back blurb reads..."Radical Homemakers uncovers a hidden revolution quietly taking hold across the United States. It is the story of pioneering men and women who are redefining feminism and the good life by adhering to simple principles of ecological sustainability, social justice, community engagement and family well-being. It explores the values, skills, motivations, accomplishments, power, challenges, joy and creative fulfillment of Americans who are endeavoring to change the world by first reclaiming control of home and hearth."
Today's Guardian article is a case in point. It reports on fresh scientific evidence which contradict WHO advice, announcing that six months of exclusive breastfeeding is NOT the optimal approach to babycare now, and that infants need other foods from four months.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
"Don't wanna go out, mum!" my older daughter insists.
"We can go and see the chickens, and the pigs," I wheedle.
"Don't wanna go!" The tone is being ramped up. I cannot face another tantrum. We have been through too many these past few days. My nerves are raw. But still we have been cooped up in the house for weeks with illness. I need to get some exercise. I need to move my body, get my heart pumping, tone my muscles, feel alive. And then the penny drops. I go over to the stereo in the children's room. It is used solely for story tapes and lullabies. I put on Bruce Springstein's glorious folksy Seeger Sessions. I love this CD. My kids LOVE this CD. It just HAS to be danced to.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Welcome to the January Carnival of Natural Parenting: Learning from children
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared the many lessons their children have taught them. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
I remember being seven months pregnant and worried that my unborn son might be deaf. I had been to a drumming workshop, and rather than leaping around to the rhythm, as all the books said he should, my normally active baby was deathly still.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
How can we live our values without alienating those we love? For what do we gain if we achieve our values but lose our families, friends and communities? Where should the compromise be? Children can be a battle ground amongst the traditional or mainstream ways of doing things and the alternative. My concern is that in trying to kick hard against what we as parents do not agree with, we risk isolating and confusing our children. We have acquired our values though our lives, and so whilst we can make choices for ourselves and how we live, how much should we impose "our way" on them?
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Drum roll pleeze...........
The words of my new hero, DR Tom Smith...
"Don't diet too much: being slightly overweight is good for you."
Yes you heard it right.We is allowed to be a little chubby!
Monday, January 3, 2011
Keeping inside the lines: Why colouring in dominates early years education and what we can do about it...
Sunday, January 2, 2011
There are those who would have you believe that it is as dangerous as crack cocaine. I have seen vitriolic online debates where people refer to it as a poison, and that they would rather feed rat poison to their child than sugar. I am sceptical. But I also know how powerful it is. I eat, we in this family, eat far more sugar than we need or is good for us. And when we're sick it seems to be the only thing we're capable of eating.