Could hygge reduce the stress of parenting? - What Katy Said

Could hygge reduce the stress of parenting?

As you know, I am a huge fan of hygge and have implemented many processes into my day to day life that reflect that way of thinking. I have bought and used so many candles over the last few months and make more time for family moments that bring us closer together. I’ve opened up my mind to that way of thinking and honestly if I could move to Denmark I would be one happy lady!

I have been reading The Danish Way of Parenting over the last few months (it takes me a while to get through a book) and it seems that I have been parenting the Danish way all along. My kids are happy, balanced and well behaved and I believe parenting goes a long way to achieving that. So many people ask me how I stay so calm when I have 3 of them but that is the key right there – I stay calm. 

Infacol have found that 74% of UK mums find the first six months with a newborn to be the most stressful. I am actually a very stressy person – you ask my husband, he will tell you I am one of the most stressy people he has ever known. However, from the moment I went into labour with Gracie I changed.

I was calm.

If you feel you are in those 74% of parents – either within the first 6 months or beyond, then I cannot recommend this book enough. It lays out the fundamentals to get you into the Danish way of thinking and I agree with each and every one.

My favourite, perhaps through being an early years teacher, is the importance of play. I don’t mean playing with your kids either – I mean leaving them to play on their own. My girls play on their own for hours and it means they are independent and have amazing imaginations. I am currently on a mission to reduce the amount of toys they have, to leave them with only those that will promote imaginative play – I am determined to get there!

The Danes have been named the happiest nation every year since 1973 – how amazing is that? It has gained so much publicity, with everyone wanting to know the secret! And what have they found? It is all to do with children and their upbringing.

Resilient, emotionally secure, happy kids turn into resilient emotionally secure, happy adults who then repeat this powerful parenting style with their own kids. 

To help you get into hygge and help you cope with the sleepless nights as a new parent, I am teaming up with Infacol to give away hygge kits including a snug White Company sleep sack and a copy of Iben Sandahl’s The Danish Way of Parenting. All you have to do is complete the widget below. Good luck!

hygge infacol

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    ruth robinson
    May 25, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    never tried hygge but would like to

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    iain maciver
    May 26, 2017 at 12:26 am

    never tried so far

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    Sue McCarthy
    May 26, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Don’t really know what hygge is to be honest

  • Reply
    Penny Boylan
    May 26, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Love the concept of it but haven’t read too much about how to implement it.

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    Sally Collingwood
    May 26, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Yes definately, love a bit of hygge!!

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    Helen Stratton
    May 26, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I love the whole idea of hygge but have yet to put it in to practice.

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    Isabel O
    May 26, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Yes, I love anything that means I’m cosy and happy. 🙂

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    Alice Dixon
    May 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Yes love the idea of it, read some books, not put much into practice yet though!

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    Lorna Ledger
    May 27, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Slow Cooker chicken Curry, our bellies nice and full,
    Dave’s got his feet up, enjoying time to chill,
    Our comfies on, smellie candles lit, Curtains tightly drawn
    And without even trying we’ve got our Hygge on!

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    Claire C
    May 27, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Yes, I love the idea behind it

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    MANDY DOHERTY
    May 28, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    The idea behind it is wonderful, wish I’d known about it years ago

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    dawn bell-pope
    May 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    yes, but it does seem a bit of a fad and absolute rubbish is hung on it in order to sell things….

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    Donna W
    June 1, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    My mum was Danish and sadly we lost her to cancer a few years ago. I’d love to try this style of living as I love the idea of it. Anything to make life happier and easier!

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    Hali Kinson
    June 1, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Love the concept and idea! Going to try it with my son due august so this would be fab

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    JULIE WARD
    June 3, 2017 at 1:17 am

    No I’m not a fan, I’m a grandma and an old foggie

  • Reply
    Ursula Hunt
    June 3, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Not really heard of it but will look into it more after this

  • Reply
    Joanna Ford
    June 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Never tried it but would love to

  • Reply
    Allan Fullarton
    June 4, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Never tried it.

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    Keith Hunt
    June 4, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Its new to my family

  • Reply
    Toni
    June 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    sounds interesting…would love to read more…I def need to learn to stay calm.

  • Reply
    Lisa Pond
    June 5, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Never tried but want to 🙂

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    Amy Stainthorpe
    June 5, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I’m so pro hygge and agree parenting can be made so much easier by adopting the approach x

  • Reply
    olivia Mary Kirby
    June 5, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Not really sure what it’s meant to be but my favourite actor is Danish!

  • Reply
    Carol Boffey
    June 5, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    never tried it

  • Reply
    elaine stokes
    June 5, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    my cousin is Danish and it seems to work for her really well

  • Reply
    Natalie Crossan
    June 5, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Yes definitely x

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    Teresa sheldon
    June 5, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Well it seems to work for the Danes and it seems a great ide so yes, I’m definitely going to give it a go

  • Reply
    sophie williams
    June 5, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    I’d like to give it a proper try, I like candles and my pjs so…

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    jen lloyd
    June 6, 2017 at 8:50 am

    i am very interested in tyring it, i have a 7 week old and think it would help immensely!

  • Reply
    Danielle Pooley
    June 6, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I’ve not heard of it before if I’m honest! Something for me to look into I think..

  • Reply
    Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    June 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I don’t know enough about it to comment but would like to know more.

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    Noreen
    June 6, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Please count me in, would love to give it a go! Thanks for chance x

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    lara latchem
    June 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    i have just borrowed a book for more info from our local library to read

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    Kate Sabin-Burns
    June 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Never tried it – yet 😀

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    julie baxter
    June 6, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Have yet to try it but would love too.

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    laura stewart
    June 6, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    not heard of them before x

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    SION GIBBY
    June 6, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    love the concept of hygge– just need to find more time to do it!

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    Hayley Todd
    June 6, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I am most definitely a hygge fan. I am all about having a cosy and welcoming home.

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    lauren porter
    June 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    never tried but am open to it!

  • Reply
    Harley
    June 6, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I haven’t tried yet but will do!

  • Reply
    Louise Fairweather
    June 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I am but after moving house its not as cosy as it was!

  • Reply
    Heather Tinkler
    June 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Not yet but I could be…

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    Colin Gault
    June 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Never tried but would give a go

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    jackie rushton
    June 6, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Yes, love hygge

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