Joyful Parents Blog

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]

New Parents ? 7 tips to staying joyful

Sleeping newborn

The Joyful Parents guide to staying joyful when you become a parent for the first time, part of the New Mama (New Parents) blog hop…. [read more]

Commercial Free Childhood?

Heap of color plastic toy bricks

Are you interested in having a commercial free childhood for your children? [read more]


Imbolc on Erraid

Being on Erraid means being very connected to the land, we are dependent on the garden in a way that I’ve never been before. Yes of course we can boat in our vegetables and supplies, but being able to go and harvest a fresh cabbage, some turnips and kale even in the middle of winter… [read more]

10 ways to be a rubbish parent

Blame Your Parents

A tongue-in-cheek look at how parents set themselves up for failure and believe themselves to be rubbish – when in fact parenting is much more than being good or perfect… [read more]

More Island Life

boy about to leap off wishing stone

We have just celebrated our third month here on Erriad… and with Christmas fast approaching, I try to savour each day, seeing this year will move by all too soon.. I can see our children are loving it and thriving, they are connecting with the other adults around them in really lovely ways,  my daughter… [read more]

The Seaweed Run

The Seaweed Run

Winter storms throw up tonnes of seaweed to be harvested on Erraid, the whole community pitches in to gather the kelp a time old tradition on the Western Isles. The Children get to do the seaweed stomp… [read more]

School for Social Entrepreneurs

I am just in the final stages of getting a £4,000 grant that I have been given to help develop some support materials for parents.  The working title is  ”Parent circles – support material ” and the grant will go towards the writing, designing and developing of materials, audio, video for groups of parents who… [read more]

Love Wedding

Will and Angie
 The Newly-Weds!

WOW! What happens when two wedding celebrants decide to get married? What happens when they dedicate their love and relationship to world peace? What happens when we are so lucky to know them as friends and neighbours? [read more]

Island Life

rainbow on mull (3)

We’ve been living on Erraid on the west coast of Scotland for over a month now. I just left the Island temporarily for a couple of weeks and being away makes me appreciate the natural beauty and raw health of our lifestyle change even more… [read more]


Taxi Service on Erraid

Joyful Grandparents – celebrating my mum and dad as they came to visit us on the Isle of Erraid where we are living and homeschooling for a year…they enjoyed the Erraid taxi service (tractor and trailer) [read more]


Goosie (2)

Animal communication with one of the longest standing residents of the island – Goosie is a force to be reckoned with ! [read more]

Sheep Round-Up

sheep round up

Gathering in the flock takes on not just a metaphorical meaning – but actual experience as we did the sheep round up on Erraid [read more]