How Many Children Do You Hope to Have?

How do I know if we should try for a third child? My two daughters are the same age as my sisters were when my mom fell pregnant with me. They are five and seven years old. They are both at school and very independent, and I have been thinking about what our life would…

Pocket Money: When? Why? How Much?

There are plenty of questions surrounding the pocket money issue, and there are no easy answers to those questions. Yet, with some guidelines, you can devise your own set of rules. Parents and experts have dealt with various arguments questioning the very need of giving pocket money to children, to how much, why, when and…

Risk-taking 101

It is ski season, and I have been out quite a bit to ski with my children. My youngest two are still beginners so my wife and I stick to easy runs with them, but my oldest daughter is a pretty good skier. She and I have had some fun this year going off-piste to…

Top Five Tips for Expectant Parents

I love midwifery and have done since I first started in 2001. Part of my work is the privilege to introduce parents to the amazing “dance” that happens between the baby and mother during pregnancy and labour during a birth preparation course. If I could personally give five tips to every expectant parent here in…

Preserving Memories of Our Children for the Future

We hold on to sentimental items that mean the world to us – the little blanket in which the baby was brought home from the hospital, a christening outfit, a wedding dress. As parents, we have an innate sense of responsibility towards preserving special keepsakes and passing them on to our children. Memories are, after…

Breastfeeding for Your Baby’s Future

You are gazing at your newborn, overwhelmed with feelings of love, amazement, and relief that the birth is over. All of your thoughts are in the “now,” and the future is another world, far, far away. Perhaps your immediate thoughts also include the wish to breastfeed your newborn. This is wonderful, because breastfeeding in the…

Why Do We Choose Forest Schools?

The term “forest school” may conjure up romantic ideals of childhood, especially in cultures where parents are working hard and feeling pressured by deadlines, competition or hectic schedules. So what is a forest school really like and what do children do there? And if schoolchildren go to the forest every day, how will they learn…

“We Have to Be Heard”

  The Young are our future, but do we really always believe this? We parents are probably happy to give our children roots to ensure a strong foundation, but what about the wings to help them fly out of the nest and into the world? Are we too sad to let them go? Is it difficult…

Your Future Health and Cancer

We all make choices that alter our lives, such as moving abroad, changing jobs, or starting a family. When it comes to health, we all want to stay fit and well. But are we able to influence our future health? Some people believe the choices we make today actively impact on our health tomorrow. Others…

“We’re Moving to Sweden?!?”

How do you tell your children you’re moving (possibly far, far away)? I’m not sure I have the right answer, but I definitely have the wrong answer. Don’t let a stranger tell them at a party. I know it’s very exciting news and you are just bursting to tell someone – anyone. You settle on…