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Tiny Book of PatienceHello lovely readers! I just wanted to let you all know that The Tiny Book of Patience is now available on Amazon.co.uk for just 99p and Amazon.com for $1.55!

I would love it if you could pop over to Amazon and leave a review to tell me what you thought of it if you found it helpful to your parenting journey.

If there is one quality every parent hopes to possess, and one virtue which will make parenting easier and more joyful, it is patience.

In The Tiny Book of Patience you will learn how to identify your biggest triggers, release your anger, let go of that unhealthy parenting guilt, and resolve difficult situations without losing your patience. You will begin a lifelong journey of mindful parenting, bringing more peace and happiness to your home.

Patience isn’t something we are born with. It is something we all can achieve given the right tools.

Readers of Trust Me, I’m a Toddler will know that I like to get straight to the point and provide useful techniques that the busy parent can delve straight in to without having to read between the lines. I cover a huge amount in this Tiny Book. Below is a list of the chapters included within it:

Chapters List:

  • Developing Mindfulness
  • Identifying Your Triggers
  • Preparing for Triggers
  • Break the Spell
  • Self Care
  • When You Want to Explode
  • Guilt
  • Making Time to Communicate and Learning to Apologise
  • Finding a Healthy Way to Release Your Anger
  • Adjust Your Pace
  • Rhythms, Routines and Boundaries

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Children and Manners: How Can I Get My Child to Say Thank You?

Little Cat is sitting on the floor at his grandparents house, flitting between his brand new bright yellow rescue helicopter – A toy he has been coveting for the past twelve months – and the full sized keyboard passed down to him by his uncle. This week he is turning four years old and as with many four year old’s, he has been excited about his upcoming birthday for quite some time.

His first reaction to his presents when he opened them five minutes previously, was one of immense seriousness. He held the helicopter up to the camera before silently getting to work investigating all the levers and buttons propellers, just as he had been dreaming of doing every time he had seen it in its box in the shop.

Perhaps somewhat controversially, I didn’t encourage or even suggest he thank his relatives for his wonderful gifts. Instead, I took a few photographs and we sat back quietly, letting him explore them in his own time.

He explored the settings on the keyboard. He played some tunes. He showed his Daddy how the winch on his helicopter worked, and he chatted away to himself in glee.

His Nana got up to make a cup of tea for everyone and then came back and sat down on the sofa. As she did, Little Cat looked up at her and said without prompting:

“Thank you so much for my presents Nana! I like them too much!”

He got up and gave her a kiss and a cuddle, before returning to his new gifts.

So how did we manage to instil such beautiful manners in him? And more importantly, how did we do it without prompting, bribery or punishments?

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The Tiny Book of Patience

Tiny Book of Patience CoverIf there is one quality every parent hopes to possess, and one virtue which will make parenting easier and more joyful, it is patience.

A while back I asked the readers of my facebook page this question:

If there was ONE thing I could help you with in your parenting journey, what would it be?

An overwhelming majority replied with one simple word: Patience.

In the Tiny Book of Patience you will learn how to identify your biggest triggers, release your anger, let go of that unhealthy parenting guilt, and resolve difficult situations without losing your patience. You will begin a lifelong journey of mindful parenting, bringing more peace and happiness to your home.

Patience isn’t something we are born with. It is something we all can achieve given the right tools.

Buy It Now From Amazon.co.uk

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Natural Weaning: Breastfeeding a Three Year Old Whilst Pregnant

This video was filmed when I was seven weeks pregnant and I wanted to share with you how breastfeeding during my first trimester was going and the changes we were experiencing.

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Reminding Yourself That You ARE a Good and Capable Parent

I’ve had a terrible week. Little Cat (3) has been very hard work indeed, angry, blaming, purposefully contrary and just not very pleasant to be around at all. I have been tired, hormonal and reacting in ways which are very out of character for me. There have been moments where I felt utter despair and wanted to run away and hide.

Today I had one of those moments. I felt so stressed and angry. I couldn’t understand why he was being so very horrible to me. I stormed upstairs for a moments peace and quiet and caught sight of my book (Trust Me, I’m a Toddler) sitting on the bookshelf. Suddenly, I wanted to remember the calm and loving parent I know I am capable of being. I wanted to remember what I know deep down, to get some perspective and see the world from his point of view.

I spent half an hour reading and breathing, then I heard Little Cat crying. He was having a dispute with his Daddy (who was also very fed up) over changing the t-shirt he had been wearing for four days straight. I walked in and somehow, everything had changed. I felt calm and in control. Rather than an angry and disrespectful child, I saw my little boy, tired, and comfortable in his t-shirt, not understanding why he needed to get changed.

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