Joyful Parents Blog

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

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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

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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]

Time Away From The Kids

Woman at airport window

I think that parents sometimes believe that they shouldn’t spend any time at all away from their children and often feel extremely guilty when they do. Situations will, of course, vary from family to family, depending on the age of the child and the commitments of the parents. Some children spend time with one parent… [read more]

Celebrating Joyful Godparents

Celebrating Godparents

It seems unfortunate to me that some parents nowadays tend to shy away from appointing Godparents for their children. The title holds obvious spiritual connotations and is traditionally a role intended for those designated to bring children to the Christian faith. Seen in this light I can totally understand why those with more secular leanings… [read more]

When a baby dies

Baby Angel Crying in Graveyard

From time to time I hear news of another stillbirth. Last week, such news came to me as a sudden reminder  of my own journey of the loss of my baby, Ben. Although Ben died nearly eighteen years ago, I felt strongly the urge to write this and share my own experience of having a… [read more]

Gender Battles: Boy vs Girl

Balance Male Female

There has been huge inequality between men and women for many years and I think it is important to address this and somehow bring this inequality into balance. As parents it is interesting to take a look at how we might be raising our children a certain way depending on their gender. If, for example,… [read more]