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A Summer of Free Imagination – Let the Kids Be Bored and Play

  “Mom I’m bored, can I watch something?” says my five year old like it is the most terrible thing that could have happened to her. We have just been out for a kid event and now five minutes later she is already bored. I feel highly tempted to turn on that pony show so I can get half an hour to get some stuff done. But I stand firm and say “No, it is good to be bored – now you can come up with something yourself.” She looks at me perplexed but leaves the kitchen. Sure enough, ten minutes later I hear her singing and talking while she plays with her dolls in the family room. Yet every time she catches a glimpse of me she tries to talk me into entertaining her and I have to neglect all my feelings of guilt and let go of my inner pressure to constantly stimulate her. It helps me to know that letting children be bored and play by themselves, or with other children, is …

Review: The Danish Way of Parenting

  When American mom and columnist, Jessica Alexander, visited Denmark she noticed how Danish children were much more calm and hardly ever threw tantrums. Their parents talked to them in a calm way without yelling. There seemed to be an unspoken Danish way of parenting and together with psychotherapist and family counselor, Iben Sandahl, she set out to investigate how the Danes raised happy and balanced kids. Based on more than thirteen years of experience, research, supporting studies and facts this resulted in a book about how the happiest people in the world raise their children. The Danish Way of Parenting is my new parenting bible. As a Dane raising my children abroad I am eager to bring this parenting style with me and raise happy little Danes. To me the book is very useful and keeps me straight when I doubt my instincts surrounded by different cultural practices. But the book might be even more useful to non-Danes who wishes more calm, independent, creative children who do not constantly need entertainment and praise. In …

Danish Children’s Clothes

Let me just say it right away – I LOVE Danish children’s clothes!!┬áThe designs are so cool and cute and it is practical at the same time. And I just discovered a web shop that sells almost all of my favorite Danish children’s clothing brands worldwide! Copenhagenstyles.com Check out the Smafolk and Katvig brands which are my personal favorites with fun prints. Or Melton which offers the cutest hats and mittens in a wool blend that makes them soft and warm at the same time! I love how Danish children’s clothes not only looks good but is designed for comfort and play and for being outside in all kinds of weather. Copenhagenstyles.com also sells the famous Flensted mobiles and toys for babies and kids. bObles is a great brand producing toys to develop motor skills and are highly appealing to kids! For some reason the foam material is very attractive to them and when my kids’ friends come over to our house they always want to play with our bObles toys. They look so simple …

Parenting the Happiest Children

I just read “The Danish Way of Parenting”. I loved it and finished it in a few days! This is something that never happens when you have two small kids. It was that good and it was that interesting to me. It is written by American author, Jessica Alexander who is married to a Dane and by a recognized Danish psychotherapist, Iben Sandahl. They claim that the reason why the Danes have been voted as one of the happiest people in the world since 1973 is their way of bringing up their children. Based on years of research the authors discovered the special Danish way. The book clearly lays out this method of bringing up some of the happiest children in the world. I don’t want to reveal too much but strongly encourage everyone with children or planning to have children or just anyone wanting more harmonic family get togethers to read this book! You don’t have to be a Dane to learn from what has proven to work well on Danish children. Anyone can …