Sep 28
Helen Penny
Play Portions
28 Sep, 2014. 0 Comments. Uncategorized. Posted By: Helen Penny
Play is important. So important in fact, that the “United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child” enshrines the right to play in Article 31. As psychologists at 101mothers we know that play is pretty awesome for kiddies, and grown ups too. It’s how children learn and practice new skills, develop their communication and language abilities, and figure out the complex nuances of social relationships. All pretty important but maybe most importantly play gives children self-esteem, confidence, humour, compassion, as well as a warm fuzzy feeling inside! Play is also good for mothers. On a really simple level research…
Sep 21
Helen Penny
Scandinavia Rocks!
21 Sep, 2014. 0 Comments. Uncategorized. Posted By: Helen Penny
Basically, Scandinavia rocks! It’s official, and it’s not just because most mums love Ikea and ABBA. The State of the World’s Mothers report is out (well it’s been out little while), and it provides a ranking of best and worst places in the world to be a mother. Save the Children have been producing this report for 15 years and they use several factors to rank all of the countries of the world in order from best to worst. It is a good read - not Harry Potter-esque - but if you’re interested in experiences of motherhood internationally it is…
Sep 14
Helen Penny
It’s been a while…
14 Sep, 2014. 0 Comments. Uncategorized. Posted By: Helen Penny
It’s been a while, sorry about that. I actually have a very good reason. A couple of months ago, whilst I was driving home in the middle of the day, with both of my very little sons in the car, two men on a motorbike slashed our tire and followed us until we pulled over. One of the men tried to carjack us. The doors were locked so he smashed the passenger window and tried to climb in. We obviously all screamed and I pushed my handbag in his face as hard as I could to get him out and…
May 11
Helen Penny
#Bringbackourgirls #Chibok
11 May, 2014. 0 Comments. Talks. Posted By: Helen Penny
It’s Mothers’ Day in Uruguay (where I live) and whilst I’m having a nice time with my little ones I wanted to spare a thought for some other mothers today. I want you to imagine that you woke up this morning and turned on the news, the latest headline is that a group of armed men walked into a girls’ school in Sevenoaks, Kent, herded the girls into trucks, and took them away with the intention of selling them into slavery. What would you think? What would be a proportional response from the families, from the government, from the media?…
Apr 20
Helen Penny
20 Apr, 2014. 0 Comments. Pep Talk. Posted By: Helen Penny
It's Easter. Rather than give you a chocolate egg this year we thought it would be nice to give you a greater gift, a chance at increasing you and your little ones' happiness.... My name's Anita, the friend Helen mentioned in the last blog post, also a psychologist, and also interested in this wonderful crazy journey we call parenting. As she mentioned, I'm unashamedly an optimist, which sometimes drives my husband crazy (who I would describe as a 'pessimist', but he calls himself a 'realist'). Well, I don't think I was always an optimist, I think it's taken some work,…
Mar 29
Helen Penny
#101mothers #teammum
29 Mar, 2014. 0 Comments. Uncategorized. Posted By: Helen Penny
It’s Mother’s Day. Today is a particularly wonderful mothers day because this is the day we have chosen to launch our exciting new venture 101 mothers©. 101 mothers spent a few years in my imagination (my name is Helen by the way) but only started to become a reality in the last year since I shared the idea with my wonderful friend Anita who has a remarkably contagious optimism (and her website creator genius husband Stuart!). Anita and I are Psychologists who met whilst we were training together in London. Since then, we have each worked and lived in several…
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