Nature Study – Watch the seasons unfold with your kids – Making of a Phenology wheel

As a family we spend a lot of time outdoors, observing the open spaces around us. Trees, animals, birds, insects what stood out for us as we watched the same space day after day for almost a year was that it was never the same. There was always something new – a flower, a pod, leaves turning yellow, different butterflies, moths one season, katydids / grasshoppers the next. This led me to look for ways in which we could track and plot these findings to look back on while also being able to compare each season and each year. It … Continue reading Nature Study – Watch the seasons unfold with your kids – Making of a Phenology wheel

8 ways to encourage creativity in your kids

My older son is 5 and a half, so I’m not going to tell you how I raised creative children, because I don’t know if my children are going to be creative 5 years down. What, I do know is that right now they are curious, inquisitive and use the word explore a thousand times a day, and I’d like to keep it that way as long as I can. In my post on ‘Why I choose to raise creative children‘, I spoke about the why’s of creativity how I think it’ll impact children and the difference it will make … Continue reading 8 ways to encourage creativity in your kids

Why I choose to raise creative children

What does creativity mean? Often we think of creativity as that which artists have, or even prodigies, like talent that you have to be born with. To many of us it seems like it’s not something regular people like you and me can ever have. While we always talk about how we would like our children to be smart or intelligent we don’t often hope for creative children because we think creativity is not a skill. Let’s explore this a bit, our thinking that is. What would you define as smart? Is it intelligence, common sense, clever, education / learning? … Continue reading Why I choose to raise creative children

Patriarchy is dead, Let’s bury Patriarchy

A man was once famously asked. ‘ Who really wears the trousers in your house?’ To which he replied ‘ I do. I wear the trousers and I wash and iron them too.’ All our lives not only have been told that what’s important is to be the dominant partner in a relationship but we’ve also been taught to look down upon the ‘weaker’ partner. Non valuable work that does not pay is the woman’s job, raising children, making food, keeping home. The more pay, wealth and riches are the mans domain, they have to come through him. Although we … Continue reading Patriarchy is dead, Let’s bury Patriarchy