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We asked the inspiring parents behind the stories in this issue how relaxed they are as a parent
CAROLINE MELLOR lives in Sussex with her daughter and husband-to-be. She is a stayat-home mum, freelance writer and holistic therapist. She writes for us on exploring Britain’s ancient sites with little ones on page 85. ‘I'm big on relaxation! Holidays, gardening, yoga,
massages, steamy aromatherapy baths, snuggling my toddler to sleep and having a big glass of red wine all help me to relax. As a mother I'm fairly relaxed but I have my moments, so maybe a 7/10.’
KATY HOLDER is a food writer, stylist, and mum to two energetic boys aged 10 and eight. They live in a converted church in Sydney. In this issue Katy shares her favourite picnic recipes. ‘I take every moment that comes my way to sit and just think, dream (I'm a big dreamer) and plan. The most relaxed I get is when we are away camping. Just sitting with a glass of wine, dinner cooking over an open fire, kids foraging in the woods and nothing to do – this is when I truly relax.’
ALICE METCALFE lives in Dorset with her husband and two children, Leo, five, and Emily, two. She writes for us on the power of hypnobirthing on page 28. ‘I’m about 8/10 for relaxation. When I feel things getting on top of me, I count to ten out loud – this helps get the situation into perspective.'
ANDREAS KORNEVALL lives in Sussex with his wife and their two daughters, Chloe, 11 and Rosie, eight. He writes for us on how planting trees with kids helps him relax. ‘The South Downs help me to find a sense of peace and belonging. I also play folk music to wind down from the day to day.
On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of relaxation, I’m afraid I’m below 5. I am terrified every time my children are on a bike wobbling down the road, or high up on the branches whilst climbing trees.’
TRACY-ANN ASTON is a lecturer in education and author of ‘The Really Useful Book of Science Experiments’. She lives with her husband, daughter and their two cats in Bucks. This issue she shares the best green science experiments to do at home. 'As a writer I often find it very difficult to switch my thought processes off - I would say I’m 6/10.’
We would also like to thank all our other wonderful writers and illustrators: Claire Ashbourne, Leo Babauta, Amy Billings, Tobyn Cleeves, Adharanand Finn, Jessica Rae Gordon, David Handley, Sarah Hayes, Hannah Hiles, Noël Janis-Norton, Ashley Johnson, Glennie Kindred, Louise Kinnaird, Dr. Laura Markham, Vera Martins, Andrea Mynard, Hannah Palamara, Rikke Rosengren, Gabrielle Stanley Blair, Donna Taylor, Marneta Viegas, Nichola West
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