Feb 4
Helen Penny
#timeflies #parentingvortex
4 Feb, 2016. 0 Comments. Uncategorized. Posted By: Helen Penny
  I had a baby, I blinked, and now he is 1. How did that happen? Having children seems to speed up the passage of time in a way that I didn’t experience before. My days, weeks, and months are completely occupied by a thousand little tasks needed to help my little ones muddle through their worlds. Days and nights blur into one. It takes months to respond to friendly emails and I’m surprised when I realise that I haven’t spoken to people I really like for over a year. My time is gobbled up into the parenting vortex. Some…
Jan 1
Helen Penny
Happy New Year Mothers!
1 Jan, 2016. 0 Comments. Uncategorized. Posted By: Helen Penny
Happy New Year you wonderful people. Of course your perspective on the new year will be coloured dramatically by your life experiences in 2015 and by the promises of 2016. For some the new year will be a welcome change and closing the door on a tough year will come as a relief. For others maybe the thought of a year untouched by a departed loved one might fill you with dread. For many mothers 2016 will bring loads of firsts, first pregnancies and labours, first cuddles and smiles with your babies, first foods, steps, and tantrums, first day at…
Nov 7
Anita Marsden
Attitude of Gratitude
7 Nov, 2015. 0 Comments. Uncategorized. Posted By: Anita Marsden
Following on from Helen's great talk on type two fun, I wanted to write a little more about positive emotion and developing an attitude of gratitude, making sure we are grateful for the people and moments in our everyday lives.   You see I often hear friends talking about how things will be better or settle down when they change their job, find a partner, have children, or when their babies start weening or sleeping, or their toddler no longer throws tantrums or goes to school, or when they don't have teenagers to deal with! I have to catch myself…
Oct 29
Helen Penny
29 Oct, 2015. 0 Comments. Pep Talk. Posted By: Helen Penny
My usually very mild-mannered 2-year-old pulled my trousers down in front of a stranger, literally. I’ve lost weight and haven’t updated my wardrobe, which consists of mostly post-5-years-of-preganancy-and-new-mum attire, so most of my clothes are ill-fitting (mental note to self, must get my act together and then write a talk about getting one’s act together – watch Gok Wan for inspiration). On a good day I would have immediately found this hilarious, but that was not a good day. The heady mix of sleepless nights, unusually tricky pre-schooler and toddler tag-teaming, the realisation that my ill-fitting clothes were an indication…
Sep 4
Helen Penny
#refugees #syria
4 Sep, 2015. 0 Comments. Talks. Posted By: Helen Penny
  Imagine that you are on a cruise ship with your 1, 2, or 3 little babies and the boat capsizes. What would you do? How would you cope? How would you keep your babies afloat. What help would you expect? Life rafts? Warm blankets? A bed for the night? If you were a British citizen then that is the very least you would expect. Now imagine that instead of a cruise ship you are on an old fishing boat, and you are not British, you are Syrian. How desperate would you need to be to cram your children into…
Jun 19
Helen Penny
#Babyhumour #babylovesscience
19 Jun, 2015. 0 Comments. Guest Talk. Posted By: Helen Penny
Fascinating guest talk by Dr Elena Hoicka, an expert on humour in babies and toddlers. Find out how to make your little one laugh and how you can help their sense of humour flourish!   "Humour is a crucial part of life which allows us to bond with friends, cope with stress, and think in creative ways. However, until recently, there was little research about how humour develops in the first place. New research is showing that humour develops very early on. Babies start to laugh as early as 3 or 4 months, but all babies are different. When your…
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