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!