Microadventures in Devon

As psychologist Claudia Hammond says, “The more we move away from our regular routine, and the more conscious we are of what we’re doing, the more slowly time seems to pass.”

So, to live in the moment, we need to actively engage the underused conscious parts of our mind – those needed for learning new skills and trying new activities or novel experiences.

This blog post (co-written by Bean11 and me) shows how we incorporated a series of microadventures into our Devon holiday to do just that. … More Microadventures in Devon

Secret Spy Missions

The Beans are currently obsessed with anything spy related. So, when a friend laid out his idea for a secret spy mission which would see the children navigating themselves across the countryside on foot and by kayak, solving puzzles and collecting important documents on route, I knew this would be right up their street! This post documents their first two missions, along with plans for future assignments. Super simple to set up, hopefully it will inspire you to plan one of your own for some summer spying fun! … More Secret Spy Missions

Our Endurance Week from Home

This week, instead of an adventure holiday in the Lakes which we’d had to cancel, we decided to set ourselves the crazy challenge of completing an endurance week from home… With four days of demanding physical challenges and one day of mental/practical tasks, this week has pushed us all out of our comfort zone both physically and mentally. It’s been fun and tough at the same time, and the kids have been brave, overcoming pain, motivation issues and exhaustion to complete their ambitions. In the process, I’ve watched as their mindsets have strengthened and their self-confidence and self-esteem have bloomed. Read on to find out what we got up to. (Please note that I spent some time ordering the posts into categories, so now you should be able to find a post more easily by clicking on the menu at the top of the site). … More Our Endurance Week from Home

Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 4

The final instalment in a series of posts about using the lockdown opportunity to slow down and patiently show our little ones how to complete vital life skills.

Today we review some of the crucial, but less tangible or concrete skills, such as the ability to direct their own learning; manage their time well; effectively communicate; think critically and solve problems; and help others and the environment. … More Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 4

Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 3 (Home Care & Leisure Time)

The third installment in a series of posts about using the lockdown opportunity to slow down and patiently show our little ones how to complete vital life skills.
Today’s offering is about encouraging your children to take more accountability in helping care for their home, garden and possessions, combined with ideas for involving them in planning your free time together. … More Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 3 (Home Care & Leisure Time)

Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 1 (Physical & Mental Health)

I am most definitely guilty of doing too much for my little Beans, tasks they most certainly could do for themselves – like cooking, washing or slapping on their sunscreen. It comes from a place of love, but am I really doing them any favours by removing these mundane tasks from their plates?

This is the first in a series of posts about using the lockdown opportunity to slow down and patiently show our little ones how to complete vital life skills – today’s offering is about helping them manage their physical and mental health.
More Teaching Them Life Skills During Lockdown – Part 1 (Physical & Mental Health)

PGL: a weekend of outward bound excitement!

Known colloquially as ‘Parents Get Lost’, PGL is actually named after its founder Peter Gordon Lawrence, who, after being inspired by a canoeing holiday on the Danube, set up the adventure holiday company in 1957. The idea of a weekend packed full of adventurous outdoor pursuits appealed enormously, so when a home ed friend of … More PGL: a weekend of outward bound excitement!