How do you go about talking to children about cancer? When someone in the family is facing cancer and you are dealing with a painful range of emotions yourself it can be hard to know how best to involve your children. Do you shield them from the situation or be open with them and show your own upset?
A teacher at my daughters’ school died recently. She was a much loved and respected member of the school community and had been teaching the very youngest class in the school. The children were just four and five years old and the teaching staff made the decision to involve them, and the rest of the children at the school, in a very thoughtful process of understanding what had happened to their teacher. The whole school was involved in creating a very personal and joyful remembrance of their teacher, combining stories, poems, pictures and memories, which I believe gave them all the opportunity to learn many lessons about love and caring, grief and remembrance as well as coming together as a community to support each other and think about what is important in life.
Having seen myself how sharing with children what is happening and giving them ways to be involved in the circumstances has helped my own daughters, I am very pleased to be able to tell you Read more »
Are you going to celebrate World Book Day with your children on 1st March? It’s a worldwide celebration of children’s books and reading and marked in over 100 countries around the globe.
Books are such a fun springboard in to all sorts of activities, crafts and play. Here are our favourite World Book Day ideas for you to try.
21 World Book Day Ideas for fun with your kids Read more »
Did you catch #theheartproject Twitter Party on Tuesday? Jamie from hands on as we grow and I hosted a tweet-up to swap fun and creative ideas for celebrating love and friendship with our families. The party was in support of The Heart Project which sees over 70 bloggers come together to produce a beautiful book full of heart projects and raising funds for the American Heart Association. You can find out how to get your copy of the book here.
The party was fast and fun with over 120 people joining in. If you missed it – or those tweets whizzed past too quickly – fear not! Here are some of the fabulous ideas shared for kids crafts and recipes. Read more »
I’ve been waiting all week to share this with you! I have the most amazing book to tell you about. It is packed full of creative Valentine craft ideas, recipes to try, decorations to make and play activities to enjoy. It is the combined work of over seventy international bloggers, inspired and collated by Jamie from hands on as we grow and it is now ready and waiting for you to get your own copy. The book is only available in February though, so be quick! Read more »