The story of a pine tree who became a Christmas Tree for the living things in our garden and the story of another tree that we have decorated for the animals and birds of the forest. And 4 easy steps to make your own bird feeders for your Christmas TreeRead More
Today at Mothers’ Voices I am delighted to share with you the story and the wisdom of the wonderful Simon Davies, a mother of teenage children who is also an inspiring writer and Montessori teacher. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Simone is running her own Montessori happy place, the Jacaranda Tree Montessori in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
In this interview, Simone is sharing with us the most helpful principles of the Montessori philosophy that worked for her children over the years, what we do differently when we “Montessori at home” than in schools, the importance of living the values we preach and tips for the inner work that we, as parents, need to do when raising children.Read More
With a little one coming soon in our family, I have obviously reflected a lot on … siblings. And inescapably, on sharing. My daughter has lived the first 4 years of her life as the only child and the first 3 years, as the only grand-child on both sides of our family.
And now, here comes a sibling. She has to share with him our space, her toys, our time and even us, her parents. Everything!
Everything? From a very young age, children are expected to share. I think that the word “share” is the most used word in regular gatherings, playgroups, playdates and on the playgrounds.Read More
Going through our Winter Books I have realized that this is the biggest pile of the seasonal books, probably because in wintertime we also spend even more time reading, especially when it gets dark already around 3 pm.
For this blogpost, I have organized the books in 5 categories: books without text, fiction, non-fiction, Japanese authors and Christmas books.Read More
It’s a special time for our family. We are enjoying our days as a family of three and at the same time intentionally preparing for the arrival of a new baby. Things will probably change a lot in the next weeks and I am already reflecting on our Winter Rhythm.Read More
Today at “Mothers’ Voices” I’m welcoming Sophie from “Chroniques d’une Globe-têteuse” . We are talking about how to “Montessori” at home, the rhythm of their days when Lynne attends the Children’s House and during the week-end, the challenges of multicultural families, self-care and so much more.Read More
I often get questions here on the blog or on Instagram about where we buy our toys and materials and I have decided to put together a gifts guide with some ideas that can make beautiful gifts.Read More
At the approach of Christmas, Hanukkah and other festivals, the pressure is big to buy more, own more, do more. But we don’t necessarily need to give in and follow this trend. There is so much that we have already, own already, do or are already. Mindfully acknowledging these things is already enough.
So this year, I’m preparing a Gratitude Advent Calendar again and I want to share it with you.Read More
I want to share with you the beauty and the diversity of celebrations from different cultures around the world and about how families mindfully celebrate them. You might find inspiration in the way of preparing and authentically celebrating these festivals. Beyond rituals and traditions there are values.
Today let’s learn more about Hannukkah, who starts this year on the evening of the 2nd of December.Read More
Each year in Autumn we craft some jar lanterns for the cold dark, evenings when we light candles in our home almost the whole day, from breakfast to diner time. We also to take some of our self-made lanterns on lantern walks for Martinmas, a beloved and very much celebrated festival here in Germany.Read More
In this Guest Post for Multicultural Kid Blogs I have written about how we celebrate Martinmas in Germany; the story of this celebration, the preparations and about how we can create authentic family traditions.Read More
I have had the joy to be interviewed by Charlotte who writes an inspiring blog “Hello Maman” on slow parenting, homeschooling and motherhood. We talk about my parenting style, books that inspire me, also about how I homeschool my daughter and a topic dear to my heart: PLAY.Read More
We light candles for celebrations but also in our daily rhythm to mark the beginning and end of our meals, to bring awareness during our tea ritual and yoga sessions. We use them in the cold, dark winter nights and we light them in our garden during the warm evenings, under the glorious sunset light.
The only thing that changed about candles is that we now make them togetherRead More
I’m so excited to start again my series of interviews Mothers’ Voices that I have initiated in 2015 and delighted to have Lisa Winter from “mama.rainbow.skies”, Glasgow, Scotland as a guest today.
I came across Lisa on Instagram and each time I connect and see her bright, colorful pictures, I feel inspired. I particularly love Lisa and her daughter Cleo’s universe and Cleo’s way of peacefully playing indoors or outdoors, lost in deep concentration.
Lisa is based in Scotland where she raises her “rainbow child” and she has previously lived in Dubai and Athens. In this interview we talk about homeschooling and her sources of inspiration, how she chooses Cleo’s materials and toys and how she gets motivated to go outdoors by any kind of weather. Lisa will also share with us what self-care means to her and how she finds support in her motherhood journey.Read More
Each morning my daughter gets herself ready for the day and in the evening she prepares herself to go to bed. I was pretty sure that my daughter new what’s the next but I have realized that she would easily get distracted by other things.
As our wheal of time with the weekly rhythm worked so well, I have decided to put our daily rituals into simple and illustrated charts.Read More