2 Boys, 1 Hill

There were two four year old boys and just one balance bike to share between them. The first boy had a turn, riding confidently along the circular hill track. He went around the climbing equipment, gradually moving his way up the slope. He then lifted his feet off the ground to zoom down the curved path. Even with high speed, he maintained …

Episode 83: ParentSpeak with Jennifer Lehr 

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with Jennifer Lehr, author of the book ParentSpeak. What is parent speak? What damage is it doing to our children? And what are some alternatives? This is a life changing conversation that will have you thinking differently about the way you talk to children. Links for this episode: JenniferLehr.com Buy …

Episode 77: Schoolification with Maggie Dent 

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with the Queen of Commonsense, Maggie Dent. She is an author, educator and resilience specialist, passionate about the preservation of childhood. This is a deep and wide conversation that centers around the early academic push in our classrooms, to the detriment of children’s physical, social, emotional and language development. You’ll …

Naming Chickens

I have a chicken named Star Shiny Shine. The reason for that? I handed over naming rights to my three children.

Everyone’s a Winner

In childhood, there are an abundance of lessons to be learned about life: winning and losing, natural consequences, fairness, consistency …