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

This time I had the enormous privilege of interviewing one of my heroes, the one and only Gretchen Rubin!

We talked about ways to be increase a family’s happiness levels, how to understand your children and yourself and why getting more sleep can make life much easier.

I really had to remember that I was doing an interview and not just having a chat with someone that I have been a fan of for years. Fortunately Gretchen was just as delightful and interesting as I expected her to be – and I just about managed to contain my excitement…

I feel so fortunate to be in a position to get to speak to people I admire, and never take it for granted – even if does sometimes make for a more difficult interview!!

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.

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

I spoke to Rebecca Eanes, who has more than 1million fans on her Facebook page, about her latest release The Positive Parenting Workbook and how moving away from traditional discipline can strengthen and improve family relationships.

We can begin the process of real change rather than staying stuck in old patterns that are limiting us or causing our families to suffer. I know of no better starting point than a mirror.

You can read the feature here (PDF).

Don’t forget, you can get £5 off a subscription to The Green Parent when you use my code HHILES. More details here.

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

I spoke to author and artist Lucy H Pearce about her book The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood and why it’s so important for mothers to explore their creative sides.

I genuinely thought “I have had my kids and my life is over now”. It was a choice I had made but I thought that choosing motherhood meant saying goodbye to me and goodbye to my dreams.

But you don’t have to say goodbye to your dreams just because you are in the midst of motherhood. You can have motherhood AND creativity.

I found Lucy to be inspirational and was even encouraged to start exploring my own creativity, despite having a deeply entrenched view of myself as “not creative”.

You can read the feature here (PDF).

 

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

I spoke to Milli Hill, the founder of the Positive Birth Movement, about The Positive Birth Book and how women can be empowered to have the birth they want.

You have rights and you have choices. You can be in the driving seat and decide what feels right for you. You have options and it’s worth exploring them. And finally, you can do it! You CAN do it.

I was very taken with this book and have since been recommending it to all my pregnant friends. It contains everything you might ever want to know about birth and is written in a relaxed, chatty style. I wish I had read it before I had my two children! Whatever a positive birth means to you, this book will make you believe you can do it.

 

You can read the feature here (PDF).

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GP Apr May 2017The April/ May edition of The Green Parent includes the latest in my series of interviews with parenting authors and experts.

Distinguished anthropologist Robert A LeVine, co-author of Do Parents Matter: Why Japanese babies sleep soundly, Mexican siblings don’t fight, and parents should just relax, told me about the almost five decades of international parenting research he and his wife Sarah have conducted – and what Western parents could learn from mothers and fathers around the world.

Parental practices in non-Western societies are full of surprises, if you’re a middle-class Western parent. For most parents, it is hard to imagine ways of child-rearing other than those that are conventional in their communities. They are amazed, sometimes outraged, that anybody could do things differently.

You can read the feature here (PDF).

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