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I hope you have done a small thing to find joy in your life today? If not can you make time for just one thing? The more joy we have the more playful we can be with our children.

Thank you to all those who took part in my GIVE AWAY the winner is @rachelf468.

Please take a look at my upcoming workshops and offerings below. I am very excited to be hosting various workshops at the Community Room at the West Norwood Library and Picturehouse. Look out for some free workshops and more.


There will be an Aware Parenting Meetup (or anyone interested in gentle parenting) on the 16th February. Although essentially free I ask you to book a £5 ticket per family to pay for the venue and teas/coffees and pasties. BOOK HERE.

It's that time of the week already!

This weeks game is the 'I bet you cant beat me' game or simply 'I bet you can't...'.

Both my children LOVE this game. I was so pleased when I remembered it last night. My 2 were VERY tired and their behaviour was relative! My 6 year old likes to writhe around my feet on the floor when she is super tired and it's very annoying. I have a cold and didn't really want to even think about bed time or how I would get us all into bed tonight. Then I suddenly had a spurt of energy and I said, "I bet you can't beat me up the stairs?'

The writhing child leaped up and ran up the stairs and my youngest said, I can, I can!' and ran past me.

Please note this wasn't a race between the siblings but just against me. And the other important thing is that you actually really do want them to win!

I then said, 'I bet you can't put your pj's on before me.' I floundered about trying to find my all in they beat me! :) I acted all upset and annoyed that I was so slow, which they loved.

The great thing about this game is it can be played with SO many things and once you get into it it is really enjoyable for us too. It fills their power cup, it's fun and a great way to get things done rather than moan or nag. Our society often tells us children need to learn how to lose, what it feels like and to accept this through experiences of losing. However, children already have a sense of powerlessness, and if we can fill their cup of power as often as possible, this will support them in a much healthier way to come to understand these feelings. Power and autonomy is a strong human need in all of us, and much harder to navigate when you are navigating SO much as a child.

Do let me know if you get to play any games on my INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK pages.

My amazing offerings....

*** My next Power of Play in Parenting workshop will now be in MARCH due to venue availability. (BOOK HERE)

***I love connecting with mothers in my weekly Nurture Sessions Book yours here: NURTURE SESSIONS (**** Please note there will be a price increase in January for these sessions to £79, but you can still book at £65 till then)

'This is 2 hours for almost the price of an hours consultation:) I will listen, support and proactively help you get through the week, scheduling in time for you, play for your child and support in issues that arise or continue to worry you, using the Aware Parenting approach from birth to age 11.

*** 27th January
Free talk in West Norwood on What is Aware Parenting?
(Ticket donation of £4 to cover costs)

***3rd February 2019
Connection through play workshop (with children)

***4th May
Power of play in parenting (A playshop)

*** Bimonthly Aware parenting support.

From 2019 I will be offering bimonthly sessions where we can meet and discuss issues we are having with our children and I will support you using the Aware Parenting approach. Places are limited to ensure we can all share and work through problems.

First session will be on Sunday 3rd February.
West Norwood Library and Picturehouse. 3pm-5pm. **Places limited**

Golden Spirals Parent & Child Group

For those living near SE27 I will be running a parent and child group at the West Norwood Library and Picturehouse from January. It will be on Tuesday 10am-12pm for children ages birth to 3. Cost is £6 per session (payable half termly) You can read all about it here.

Have a great week:)
Rebecca x
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