Interview with Rachel Macy Stafford, author of Hands Free Mama (The Green Parent)

Interview with Rachel Macy Stafford, author of Hands Free Mama (The Green Parent)

August September 2016The August/ September edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting experts.

I spoke to Rachel Macy Stafford, author of Hands Free Mama, about practical ways to let go of distractions and be fully present with our loved ones.

Being a hands-free parent means making a conscious effort to temporarily let go of the hundreds of distractions we have in our lives and be fully present with our child or loved ones.

You can view a PDF of the feature here.

Stay-at-home mum feature chosen by Green Parent as one of its top 20 stories

Stay-at-home mum feature chosen by Green Parent as one of its top 20 stories

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My feature Could you be a stay-at-home mum? was chosen by The Green Parent as one of their top 20 stories from the first 70 editions of the magazine.

When I wrote this feature the idea of going freelance was just beginning to spark in my head, and pitching the idea and getting published in a national magazine gave me the confidence I needed. I’m proud that this first freelance feature was so popular!

The Green Parent has published these top 20 stories on its website – here is the link to mine.

Interview with Christine Gross-Loh, author of The Diaper-free Baby (The Green Parent)

Interview with Christine Gross-Loh, author of The Diaper-free Baby (The Green Parent)

Green Parent June-July 2016

UPDATED 25/4/17: This piece is now also available on The Green Parent’s website – How to Raise a Nappy-free Baby

The June/July edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting experts.

I spoke to Christine Gross-Loh, author of The Diaper-free Baby, about “elimination communication” – recognising and responding to your baby’s natural cues to allow you to do away with using nappies.

Interview with Janet Lansbury (The Green Parent)

Interview with Janet Lansbury (The Green Parent)

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The April/ May edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting experts.

I spoke to Janet Lansbury, author of Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting and No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame about the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) approach and why we should recognise that our babies are whole and separate people.

“A simple shift in perspective can make parenting a more fascinating, successful, and joyful process. Mostly it’s about trust, which paves the way for us to discover our kids and establish a lifelong relationship of mutual appreciation, respect, and love.” Janet Lansbury

You can view a PDF of the feature here.

Since doing this interview I’ve delved much deeper into RIE and it has transformed my whole approach to parenting. I think my husband is tired of hearing “Janet would say XYZ”!

 

Interview with Heather Shumaker, author of It’s OK Not To Share (The Green Parent)

Interview with Heather Shumaker, author of It’s OK Not To Share (The Green Parent)

Feb Mar 2016 cover

The February/ March edition of The Green Parent magazine includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting experts.

I spoke to Heather Shumaker, author of It’s OK Not To Share, about why we should challenge society’s expectations and encourage free play.

I have personally found this book and its 29 “renegade rules” very inspiring and have put many of Heather’s ideas into practice in my own family.

As adults, we often get caught up in rule-making. Sometimes our efforts to control kids don’t meet anybody’s needs. It stresses out adults and restricts kids’ ideas. Parenting absolutely involves setting limits on kids, but before you set a new rule, ask yourself: is this play OK? Does it hurt people or property? Sometimes the play is OK, but you have to change its timing or location. Heather Shumaker

You can view a PDF of the feature here.