Easter Bag Craft

This pretty little bag can be used as an Easter “basket” to collect Easter eggs and goodies. It is also suitable for small children who like to carry around a bag in which to gather precious items. This bag is uncomplicated for an adult to make or a child from age seven upwards, as there…

The Past in the Future

When I was nine I had to say goodbye to my best friend because she had to leave Oman, where we’d spent two years playing, swimming and exploring the idyllic paradise by the sea. Little did we know that we wouldn’t be seeing each other until twenty years later. We wrote to each other, of…

Spring Flowers Craft

Here is a nice little project that can be used as a lovely home or gift decoration, and you can even fill a vase with them. It’s easy to do and gives you freedom to play with the shapes, colours and textures. Materials: Tissue paper and different paper wrappings (if you usually save some of…

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…

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…

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…

Homemade “American-Style” Pancakes

One thing I want to establish in my family is fun little traditions that we can look back on and remember the fun times we had together. Not just special traditions on holidays, but making the everyday just as fun! I imagine in the future, my son remembering these silly traditions and looking back with…