Enjoying Autumn with your Children

Autumn is probably my favorite season with all its natural treasures, glorious sunlight, gorgeous colours, cinnamon and pumpkin flavours and apple pies. It’s the perfect time for introspection and inner work, for nature walks, for authentic celebrations and for making crafts with my children.

But it’s also sometimes a bit demotivating to look at blogs and social media and see the perfect pictures of perfect crafts so I believe that in order to make it yours, you may first want to reflect on what’s important for you and for your family and avoid wanting to “do it all'“.

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Authentic Celebrations: Setsubun, the Arrival of Spring

“Setsubun has been celebrated in Japan for thousands of years, on February 3rd, as a way to commemorate the end of winter (daikan) and the coming of spring (risshun).  Though the days are still very cold with snow days ahead of us, it is a special time during which the concept of rebirth is celebrated, as nature gradually prepares for spring!” - Asumi from @littlemoments_tokyo.

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.

I am grateful to Asumi from @littlemoments_tokyo who accepted to share with us about Setsubun, the arrival of spring and beginning of a new year in Japan. I love Asumi’s page on Instagram and how thoughtfully she shares with her readers the beautiful and simple moments of life through the eyes of her daughter.

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An Alternate Advent Calendar: Expressing Gratitude

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.

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Authentic Celebrations: Hanukkah

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.

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Mindfully Celebrating Autumn by Being, Doing, Reading

Having many things to do in autumn is exciting but sometimes, when we focus on "doing", we forget about "being". We can jump from one activity to another without truly living in the moment. So here are some ideas to mindfully celebrate autumn. They come from different philosophies including Montessori and Waldorf, from different cultures and countries I have lived in and from my practice as a life coach.

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Authentic Celebrations: how to create and prepare them

Traditions and celebrations are an important part of our lives and they define every culture in this world. We cherish them in our childhood memories and when we build our own families we want our children to have the best memories possible. But sometimes a lot of stress and frustration come with our attempts to create "the perfect day".

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Easter celebrations: things to do and books to read

Spring and Easter time are wonderful occasions to live with the season, explore nature, encourage creativity and learn about the nature around us.

I wanted to share with you some of the things we enjoy doing in spring and before/ after Easter. And some of the books we love reading

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Spring traditions in a multicultural family

As a family with different cultural backgrounds who lived in 6 countries, we have gathered so many beautiful traditions and celebrations. And many of them are for Spring! In this blogpost I'm sharing with you many ideas that you can integrate into your own spring celebrations.

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