Hatti has launched the first edition of Parent Tribe magazine today!
In this issue Hatti shares the stories of some really interesting families who have all created a lifestyle that combines their children, their passions and creativities and home businesses. There is tasty cooking from Sarah the botanical chef and I have shared some simple yoga practices to bring some peace to busy days. Hatti’s design expertise really shine through as the magazine is beautifully presented which makes it a joy to read!
It is available to read online at www.parenttribe.net
There are also special introductory offer to join the tribe online skills directory. Find out more http://www.parenttribe.net/the-tribe/
Often as parents we talk and think about all the things we do with and for our children, the many things we wish we could do, or the stuff we need to do. Parents of little ones are busy people and generally give much of our time, energy and love to our children and families.
But our children give too. They give us ALL their love yet we can sometimes be too busy to see it…
- your little baby beaming you her best smile the minute she opens her eyes and sees your face in the morning
- the way your nursling strokes your skin as he enjoys his sleepy breast feeding
- your little toddler who won’t leave your side as she feels so safe and loved in your presence, she will only sleep with you, as you are her world
- the eager three year old who picks all the daffodils in your garden because she knows they’re your favorite flower (thanks surya, i loved them!)
- the tired toddler who has held it together all day then saves her huge tantrum for you as you try to cook your family’s evening meal. She feels safe with you, she knows you can handle her feelings and will love her through.
- the chirpy boy who chatters all day, he loves you so and wants to share all his thoughts and feelings as he knows you’ll listen. By listening now, hopefully he’ll still share so much as he grows.
As busy parents its sometimes easy to forget, that when all the toys are put away and friends have gone home, we are our children’s world, and they love us just as much as we love them, sometimes they just have different ways of showing it.
Parenting is so much more than a never ending list of tasks to do, and it is the LOVE WE SHARE that makes the difference.
It is an exciting time at Beautiful Beginnings just now, as Hatti is soon to launch the first edition of her new online magazine Parent Tribe.
Parent Tribe is all about supporting families to lead creative and inspiring lifestyles together as a family. So many new mums and dads count down the few short weeks or months of their maternity and paternity leave, worried and reluctant to leave their babies and go back to work as they feel they must.
Parent Tribe offers a new perspective on this, sharing ideas from many families around the world who have decided to re-create their family so one or both parents are able to be with their children as much as possible. Hatti will share interviews with many different families who all have their own diverse ways of ‘making it work’.
Hatti is the ideal person to create this magazine, as she has, for the last few years, been a gentle and connected mother to her beautiful son, as well as developing her own web-based design business www.creativesoulmarketing.com where she has been supporting other small ethical businesses in their marketing and design.
I am excited to be writing a regular yoga column, sharing ideas of how simple yoga practices can help you create peace, focus and relaxation throughout your day.
For more info, and to subscribe or contribute, visit wwwparenttribe.net
Ultimately we aim to support families to be together and be creative with life. We’d love to help parents to raise their own children and have fun together. Most importantly we want to support families to have time for one another.
No more heart-wrenching moments when mum (or dad) goes back to work. No more feeling this is the only way because we have to ‘pay the bills’. No more separations of worlds with children being cared for by someone else, while mum and dad are at work.
We just want everyone to be able to be together. As much as possible. And parents to fulfill their own dreams, as well as their children’s.
We are hosting a baby sale at The Settlement where you can come along and sell your old baby and toddler items or grab some great bargains (or both!).
There will be 11 tables available on the day for people to sell their bits and bobs and we will also have a range of natural parenting stalls there too. We will also be taking donations to sell on the Beautiful Beginnings stall to raise money for the group, anything would be appreciated!
If you’d like to find out more please CONTACT Clare or Hatti.
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The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers is a charity providing great support, information and training about breastfeeding. I found their info and helpline so useful as a new breastfeeding mum.
They have a special offer for April 2013 offering UK membership for just £15.00 – what a bargain!
Have a look and treat yourself, it would also make a great gift for a pregnant or newly breastfeeding friend.
Playgroup will be running on Thursday 4th & 11th April.
There will be no group Thursday 18th & 25th April.
We’ll be starting again on Thursday 2nd May to begin our Nature Month activities.
We have some space in The Settlement garden, so the little ones can look forward to plenty of digging, planting and watering. If you have any spare plant pots, please start collecting them and lets hope for some sunshine.
Wishing you a happy and peaceful Easter time.
At the Beautiful Beginnings session tomorrow (Thurs 28th March) parents are bringing along their different slings and baby carriers to let each other try them out and get the feel of how the different styles of carrier work.
It can be so useful to try one out before you invest in a new one, and tips from an experienced baby carrier are so valuable!
We’ll have wraps, ring slings, Mei tai and ergo. If you can make the session tomorrow please do bring along your baby carrier and share your tips with us. I’m still trying to get the hang of feeding in a woven wrap so looking forward to help from others too.
There will also be lots of Easter crafts, stories and fun for the little ones too.
Hope to see you there.
Just recently we’ve had a few calls from new mums as to whether or not they are welcome to come along to Beautiful Beginnings sessions as they are not breastfeeding.
Hatti and I would like to make this really clear, we welcome ALL parents who would like to come to the group, whatever their situation.
Some of the most valued feedback we have received about the group is how friendly and welcoming it is. So if you like the sound of Beautiful Beginnings, and are not breastfeeding, please do still come along. You and your little ones will be warmly welcomed.
Whilst we do offer breastfeeding support to those who would like it, our group is about much more than this. Our ethos and sessions are about:
- Valuing your children and enjoying spending time with them
- Meeting new families and making new friends
- Exploring creative activities with our children
- Sharing information and experiences about all aspects of pregnancy, birth, parenting, and health
- Parents supporting each other
- Spending time in nature, singing songs and having fun.
We also realise that some parents may have had a really hard time struggling with breastfeeding when their baby was newborn, and may not have had the specialist support that could have helped them to overcome their difficulties at this time. This too can be a lonely and isolating experience as you grieve the breastfeeding relationship you hoped of having.
If this is your experience and you would like to come to the group, please do still come along. It can be helpful to talk about these experiences with other mums who have been through similar situations, and you may also be able to look back on your experiences and use them to help new mums.
Cherish the time with your children NOW, time really does pass by so quickly.
Cuddle them and hold them close, transform this moment into a memory of LOVE.
Beautiful Beginnings Playgroup
The Settlement, Maryport
Following the fun we had looking through the clothes donated to Beautiful Beginnings this week, we have decided to set up a Clothes Corner in the group for the next couple of months.
All the money raised from the clothes you buy will go towards supporting the group.
Do come along and have a look through the clothes and see if anything catches your eye.
Tops & Leggings ~ £1.00
Jeans & Skirts ~ £2.00
Jumpers & Cardi’s ~ £2.00
Please do bring along any clothes you would like to donate to the group and treat yourself to a pre-loved bargain.