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Parent Power

kids playing table soccer

The following article was sent out by a wonderful mother I know called Maira who lives in Australia. We knew each other when she and her family lived in Findhorn, and she has recently been publishing her story of parenting.  She has two children and is amazingly honest and real in the discoveries of how to become… [read more]

Parenting teenagers

thresa, james & bella in hammock

A couple of weeks ago I  spent a week with my daughter’s class from the local Steiner School.  We had a class trip to the Isle of Erraid.    Although none of the children were officially teenagers at the time of the trip, a few of them will be thirteen by the end of the summer, and all of them will… [read more]

Family Values

Love is a family value

When you think about your own Family Values, do you assume you know what they are?  Are you sure that how you are living your life in in line with those values? The family values that you are raising your children with today,  may well be the same values that you were raised with as a child.… [read more]

Is your child a fussy eater?

Child is a fussy eater

Are you concerned about what your child is eating?   I know I am. I’ve not grown long in the tooth without learning some basic nutrtional code that comes into our kitchen, larder and fridge. I want to raise my children with a sense of good healthy eating. So  Sugar, white flour and fried food… [read more]

Storytelling for kids

mama bear and cubs

Storytelling for kids, can be really creative when you tell your own story let the words somehow describe the journey you are on, or the challenge you face as a parent… here’s my story of Mama Bear… [read more]

Parent Coach

Kathy 22

What does a Parent Coach do ? When you think about coaching, your mind probably first lands on the idea of soccer, tennis or other sporting activities. It is quite normal to have a coach when you want to play a better game. Nowadays, there are a huge amount of personal trainers available to you… [read more]

Playful Parenting

michael and gorilla 2014

You know those moments when you want to be really serious with your children?   You want to give them a stern look.  You need to let them know who’s boss.  You’ve had enough and you have to lay down the law… Why not get yourself someone who will back you up?  Some help from… [read more]

Greek Family Fortnight Photos

William Kalikalos

Holiday snapshots of our Joyful Parents Greek Adventure – 

Summer Holidays…

Kayaking off Erraid

As the holiday season is now in full swing it’s a busy travelling, and slightly unsettled time of year.  Lots of fun, and potentially lots of stress as rhythms are interuppted, sleep schedules disturbed and meeting lots of friends and family can have its effect on how much fun and joy we manage to maintain in… [read more]

Leaving Erraid

family with erraid behind

I can’t believe that we are in our last week of living on Erraid.  We only have a few more days left before we shall be packing up our stuff and moving on.   And today the sun is shining, it’s beautiful and another wave of visitors just left  – friends old and new who… [read more]

Children Learn What They Live


CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE Dorothy Law Nolte If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight. If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive. If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself. If a child… [read more]

RIP Goosie

goosie on the pier

For those who do not know, Goosie was an integral, major feature on the island of Erraid. He has been here for over 30 years, he was very old and last week this old goose finally gave up the ghost and passed away. As we remember some of the fond memories we have of Goosie, we… [read more]

Greet the Day

Sunrise on Erraid

On sunday morning I woke up early and was able to have the great privilege of witnessing a most incredible sunrise unfolding. A sky of scarlet, orange, purple and violet hues, the air was so serenely still, the light in the sky was reflecting off the water and I stood taking photos in absolute awe… [read more]

I don’t want to go to school!

cartoon I hate school boy at desk

Last week I wrote about the children deciding they wanted to go to school. After a fabulous year of homeschooling or unschooling. We’ve all enjoyed it.  (I’ve particularly loved not being tied to school holidays for our adventures). Going to school is quite an adventure – for living on an island as we do, means they… [read more]

“Mummy, I want to go to school!”

I want to go to school

When we decided to move to Erraid for a year we also decided that we would home school our children. Having never homeschooled before this required some research I believed that my role as a home schooling parent would require a lot of imput from me.  I wasn’t so thrilled.  So, I took a slightly more alternative… [read more]