Parenting

In Praise of the Post-Date Baby – Freddie’s Birth at 41 Weeks

"All my babies come early" was a mantra I kept repeating to everyone that asked me when baby was due. "Officially middle of April, but I don't think I'll go much beyond 38 weeks." Conceived wisdom has it that this is something you don't do. Put your dates back, never forwards. Except that we had… Continue reading In Praise of the Post-Date Baby – Freddie’s Birth at 41 Weeks

Childhood & Learning, Music, Social Change

Look alive! Four reasons for fostering Joy through music in our children

Measuring outcomes has become the holy grail in our education system. But could nurturing our children's souls be far more important and could music play a vital role? Welcome to the age of standardized childhood. Well before our little ones enter the world they are measured, quantified and rated. Ultrasound scans estimate size, weight and… Continue reading Look alive! Four reasons for fostering Joy through music in our children

Childhood & Learning, Parenting, Social Change

An Ode to Fascination

Academic success appears to be the be-all and end-all in life, especially if you listen to our politicians. But could the way there be very different from the route they advocate? We live in a high-stakes society where existential angst and fear of failing are rife. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in the… Continue reading An Ode to Fascination