I listened with excitement to Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast with the Duchess of Cambridge talking about her 5 Big Questions survey.
I was especially delighted when the Duchess mentioned the role that her grandmother played in her Early Years.
I have to agree with the Duchess that a grandmother can be a positive role model within a child’s Early Years. As you know, my children’s picture’s books, which depict the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, Jo Jo and GranGran, will be shown on the BBC’s Cbeebies very soon.
Jo Jo and GranGran is loosely based on the relationship that I had with my grandmother.
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Next week is National Storytelling Week.
Telling stories and reading stories to children is something that I am passionate about. As a family, I loved hearing a range of stories from my parents, grandparents and extended family. I would listen in awe!
As a dyslexic person, contrary to popular belief, I love reading (the areas of dyslexia that are an issue for me are spelling, grammar, writing and the pronunciation of certain words – thank goodness for technology!). This has always been the same since I was a young child. I always found my oasis in my local library, selecting and reading a range of fiction and non-fiction books.
I am delighted that there is a special week dedicated to storytelling and the range of exciting activities that can be done to celebrate the joy of storytelling.
Please view the Society for Storytelling’s website, for more information and how to get your setting involved.
I am also delighted to announce that […]
I was delighted to train 100 nanny students at the internationally renowned Norland College
We are back again, this year for My Family Week 2019!
Traditionally, we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, which may trigger for some children a sense that they don’t belong. My Family Week aims to celebrate all families, irrespective of a child’s circumstances including children with same-sex parents, those who are fostered, disabled, have step families or half brothers and sisters, are bereaved, blended, those who are adopted or who live with grandparents and other family members.
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Delighted to be working with Tiney as their Early Years expert in residence:
“At tiney we want to help children feel safe, valued and loved in their early years. We want families to have access to high quality childcare that works for them and is designed using evidence and research from around the world. We want tiney to accelerate children’s development in family-style homes through play and learning. And, we want to build a vibrant community of tiney homes, run by founders who can impact their local neighbourhoods, cities and beyond.”
There I was in the supermarket on a busy Friday morning.
As I got to the till, I heard a child screaming and out of the corner of my eye I could see this child throwing himself on the floor. With a quick, experienced eye, I judged him to be about four.
His mum (I assumed), then started to say, “That is it.. I’m fed up of you doing this… you will not have the treat!”
From where I was standing, I could see other shoppers nearby who were just looking. The child’s sister, who was standing next to him, asked her brother to get up from the floor. I saw that the mother was visibly shaking and still trying to talk to him.
I finished packing my shopping in the trolley and walked over to her and put my arm around her. “Parenting is tough!” I told her. “Trust me, all the parents in this shop have had […]
I enjoyed doing a question and answer session with DadblogUK, on my career path and discussing the Early Years sector. Please click on the link to read.
It was an honour to speak at the Children’s Media Forum and to talk about how my picture books, Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran, are being developed into a BBC children’s TV show.
I love Sunday evening period dramas, particularly in the winter months. Call the Midwife is one of my favourites, always finding a way to pull at my heart strings.
Sunday’s episode featured a mother who seemed overly concerned about her baby, imagining the worst outcome regarding its wellbeing. On reviewing her medical notes, the staff discovered that her first child had died in his sleep aged eight months and the anniversary of his death was looming.
In the episode, as soon as they were aware of this the medical team showed compassion and empathy towards the mother.
This made me think about how we can support parents and be less judgemental.
We can sometimes put labels on parents: ‘lovely family’, ‘caring’, ‘he’s demanding’, ‘she always has something to say’. We need to press the pause button and not place parents in the ‘good parent’ or ‘bad parent’ file. Labels are not helpful.
What is helpful, is trying to understand […]
I’m currently reading Michelle Obama’s bestselling book, Becoming. Michelle reflects on her childhood throughout the book.
She shares how during the lead-up to the 2008 election she was supporting her husband’s presidential campaign by delivering speeches across the USA. These speeches, as you can imagine, where dissected by the press and at times she was not only misquoted but became the subject of some unkind reporting on her and her family.
Michelle reflects on this and recalls an incident from her childhood, where out of nowhere and seemingly for no reason a boy punched her in the face. Her mother, on returning from a meeting with the school about the incident, explained, “That boy was just scared and angry about things that had nothing to do with you…. He’s dealing with a whole lot of problems of is own.” Her mother’s non-judgemental words were telling her that when others do you harm, physically and verbally, it’s […]