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Get Misunderstood Monster For FREE!

Misunderstood Monster(This Offer Is Now Finished)

Misunderstood Monster just launched and in my excitement I have decided to give away twenty – YES TWENTY!! – kindle copies in exchange for a review on Amazon.

The only stipulation is that you must leave your review on either Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com within 7 days of receiving your email link.

I’m offering this on a first come first served basis, so if this sounds like a good deal to you, simply contact me here, stating the email address you would like it sent to, your country of residence and let me know whether you will be reviewing on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or both.

If you are in the first 20 to reach my inbox, I will send you a copy! (Mobi, epub and pdf)

Misunderstood Monster is my first children’s book, a story I wrote (and illustrated) after a conversation with my son and his friend who were playing a game with an “unkind monster.” I questioned how they knew he was unkind, and after some discussion they concluded that perhaps he was friendly after all. Just because he looked different, didn’t mean he was something to be feared.

The Shpiel:

When a boy bumps into a monster in the magical woods, he runs for his life. But he soon realises with the help of his woodland friends, that he may have made a hasty judgement.

A heartwarming tale of acceptance and friendship.



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Katie Hopkins – Your Views On Breastfeeding Don’t Offend Me

It seems not a week goes by before we see more hate filled judgement emerging from reality star Katie Hopkins.

This week, it just so happens she has targeted her venom towards breastfeeding mothers, with tweets such as:

“When your waters burst, write ‘piss off nipple nazis’ on your tits. Just to remind yourself of what the stronger, sane you used to think.”

“Women have the right to breast feed. But they don’t have the right to put everyone else off having milk in their tea. Put it away girls”

“Free to feed protest tomorrow. Expect the mammary militia out in force. Stand firm @ClaridgesHotel. Their sort shouldn’t be free to breed.”

Today, I was asked by a fellow natural parent if I was angry at her words or offended by her stance.

And I had to reply with a resounding “No.”

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The Open Nature of Children and The Beauty of Unsupervised Play

Watching children makes you realise just how pure and open we all come into the world. When I was a child, I played outside unsupervised every single night with my two younger brothers and between seven and ten other children. I didn’t ever think through if they were the right friends for me, they were chosen by pure circumstance and convenience – they were all neighbours whose houses backed on to the same back alley, and so we were all thrown together.

Over the years we had our fall outs, we took sides and we argued, but for the most part, we played happily and inclusively, sorting all disputes between ourselves. Our parents didn’t encourage telling tales, and we didn’t want to leave our play to waste time going home to “tell” on each other. When there was a serious accident – like the time we played hide and seek and I hid under a bush of stinging nettles, or the time one girl fell over and broke her arm, we all rallied together and took the injured child straight home to be cared for. We never considered doing anything otherwise, always instinctively knowing when we needed help.

Flash forward twenty or so years.
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The Naked Family

Welcome to the October 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Instilling a Healthy Self-Image

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared confessions, wisdom, and goals for helping children love who they are. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

When I was growing up, nudity was just a part of every day life. My parents slept naked and never showed shame or embarrassment when we went in to wake them in the mornings. So it stands to reason that when me and my husband had a child of our own, we would continue in this way. To be honest, we have never given it a lot of thought. We are not exactly a nudist household – its freezing most of the time and I like to be warm, so clothes are a must! However, since he was born, our son has joined us in the bathroom when we have a shower, watched us get dressed, and as he has gotten older, he has begun to take more of an interest in our bodies.

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