Heads-up for February and Parents as gardeners

As I wait impatiently for the bulbs to come up in our garden, I’m always conscious that I am not the one who makes them grow. That miraculous, explosion of green above the soil is not created by me. But … Continued

6 Easy Christmas traditions for tired parents

I’m going to take a guess that you’re tired. I don’t have any fancy-schmancy analytics telling me how many of the people who read this blogs are parents but I’m guessing you mostly are and I know this time of … Continued

Favourite Christmas books for kids

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Advent, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get excited about Christmas! One of our most-anticipated Advent family traditions is getting out a special collection of favourite Christmas books that only come out in December. … Continued

Advent – the key that unlocks Christmas (free printable)

What are your dreams for your family’s Christmas this year? The absolute ideal? These are mine. Perhaps you can relate? Precious, cosy family times with little cheeks glowing and memories being made. My children catching the wonder of the true … Continued

The season of thankfulness and an unmissable recipe

The concept of thankfulness or gratitude has had a huge influence on my life. For years we have, as non-Americans, celebrated a sort of Thanksgiving and I explained why here last year. It started as a young teacher when a friend mentioned … Continued

The Jesse Tree – my favourite part of Advent

I’m going to say it very, very softly so you won’t run away. Advent starts (officially) in just under 4 weeks. See, I didn’t mention the C-word and I didn’t hum any carols. I’m just easing you into the idea. … Continued

Halloween – just good clean fun?

It’s pretty obvious that Halloween is a bigger deal than it used to be.   I’m going to risk sounding like an old lady but [insert creaking old voice here] when I were a lass, things were different! There was … Continued

Why bother with family traditions?

Did the family you grew up in have many traditions? Mine didn’t seem to  and I was always drawn to families who had their own  quirky ways of doing things and who rejoiced in the group identity which formed around … Continued

Shabbat – Our Friday night family gratitude ritual

I wrote last year about how our family separates Sundays from the rest of the week. I’ve also been writing this month at Families First about cultivating gratitude in our kids. Every Friday night, we have a little family gratitude ritual … Continued

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