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  • 20 Sep 2013

    Living on a boat

    Inspired by the latest edition of The Green Parent to move onto a boat with your family? Could you edit your life down enough to be able to live afloat? The Great Haywood Marina in Staffordshire is a place where many people start and end a holiday, spending a tranquil time meandering through Britain’s canal network and enjoying the beautiful countryside at a gentle pace onboard a narrow boat. It’s an idyllic setting for any holiday, but one young family is permanently moored here, and they’ve downsized their life to enjoy a new existance in a compact and streamlined space. […] more

  • 20 Sep 2013

    10 ways to celebrate peace

    What a wonderful idea the International Day of Peace is. Taking place on 21st September, it’s an opportunity for individuals, organisations, and nations to come together to create practical acts of peace. Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you do not know. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense, and does make a difference. […] more

  • 18 Sep 2013

    All children really are different

    As a first time parent, I was fairly typical for my breed. I had given birth and was, therefore, an expert on all things child-raising. You can imagine that my advice was all the more smug since my first child was and is a very neat, tidy, polite and sweet natured child. Moly is 3 years old and is the sort of child who will sit looking a little bewildered as her friends tear lumps out of each other; she’s the sort of child who held my hand as we walked by the road and never tried to run away and she’s the sort of child who approaches strangers with a polite hello as she passes and cajoles shy children out of their shells. All of this, I felt sure, was thanks to some pretty spectacular parenting skills on our part. […] more

  • 18 Sep 2013

    Keeping strong at Equinox

    You may well be aware that we are entering a time of flux and change. Even if you don’t know about Autumn Equinox, a lot of people notice a change in their body’s rhythms and their general health at this time of year. Before I knew that much about Autumn Equinox, I’d notice that every year around the same time, lots of the people I was working with seemed to succumb to some bug or another, feel more tired, emotional, or a bit all over the place. I later learned that Autumn Equinox, which falls this year on Sunday 22nd September, is a time of extraordinary change when we often experience what is known as a ‘healing crisis’. […] more

  • 16 Sep 2013

    Why we do Santa

    It’s September now, which means we’re just a few weeks away from Christmas. For many, it is a truly magical time of year and Santa, Father Christmas or St. Nicholas is often a part of that magic. That the tradition has continued for hundreds of years is testament to the love people feel for jolly old St. Nicholas and the memories he creates. As a huge Christmas fan myself, it wasn’t until I had children of my own that I learned some parents don’t tell their children about Santa at all. […] more

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