Mummy time out

I flew to Vegas on my own a couple of weeks ago to attend the WPPI photography convention.  It’s the second time that I have left my daughter, who is three, on her own with her father while I fly internationally to indulge in one of my passions.  It’s something that I’m deeply grateful to be able to do as I benefit from these experiences beyond words. I think every mother … [Read more...]

Diaper Free Before 3 by Jill Lekovic

I wrote this blog post and published it on my photography website about two years ago when my daughter turned 2 and I was elated about sharing my new found knowledge on a fantastic book that had helped me figure out how to potty train her - Diaper~Free Before 3 by Jill Lekovic. The post received a lot of positive feedback so I thought I would re-post it here to kick start my … [Read more...]

No television for young children

When Yara turned 22 months old and joined The Montessori Place we made the decision to not let her watch any form of television (including DVDs) until the age of three.  If you’re wondering why we made this decision, how hard it’s been to stick to our resolve and what has the outcome been, I’ll give you all the details here. I tried to keep this post short, but there’s too … [Read more...]

The ‘upside down’ trick for putting on coats

When Yara was 22 months old and first joined the Infant Community at The Montessori Place we learned a trick that completely revolutionised our 'getting out of the house' routine in winter. It's called the 'upside down trick'.  If the thought of getting out the door in winter with everyone's coats on fills you with dread, then this little trick is guaranteed to put a smile on … [Read more...]

Creating a Vision Board

I remember as a child watching Aladdin and being introduced to the concept of a genie. I thought it was fantastic and often fantasized about it actually being a reality. I came across the idea of creating a vision board in my late teens/early 20s, most likely on a self development workshop or reading a self help book. Being inquisitive and always open to new ways of thinking, I … [Read more...]