The Family Collective Guide to Spring

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Spring is here, open your arms wide and embrace it. It’s time to throw the windows open and listen to the sound of birdsong carried on the breeze. There are swathes of snowdrops, and daffodils are taking their first tentative peeks. Wildlife is abuzz with new life that walks with tentative first steps, and bees and ladybirds are waking.

Celebrating and living with the seasons is something that is so important to us as a family, and the ways in which we raise our daughter. We find so much joy in tying our lives to what is happening outside, in creating celebrations and traditions that we plan to rediscover each year. Memories of our daughter are similarly intertwined, the blossoms float in the background as I think of our first park picnics last spring, of warm breezes as I pushed her in a swing for the first time.

After I had my daughter, I thought that parenting would come naturally. Our days would be full of painting and crafts, bread baked while books were read and hours upon hours spent outside. Some days became the very depths of these dreams, but more often than not days were messier and a little less inspired. Until I realised that having a child had caused me to look up and notice the small changes and shifts that each season brings, blossoms leading to blooms leading to acorns leading to frost. And when I did, I found myself awed by the contentment we could find in embedding our lives in the happenings of the world outside.

Written to be a gentle companion to guide you and your family through the seasons, the spring guide is full of ideas and celebrations for you to honour the passing of time and the magic of Seasonal Rhythms.

And so, I hope to share a little of this seasonal magic with you. This is not a curriculum or a lesson plan, the guide has been written with the intention of being just that, a guide. When I wrote it I imagined you choosing those things that fit with your family values, that feel good to you, for you to cherish. And perhaps the spring after that, and the one after that too. It’s yours to mould and twist, to enjoy how you see fit, and to be a gentle companion to help you through the season.

It has four sections for you to find inspiration from:

  • GET OUTSIDE - Nature walk ideas, what to look out for over the season, a month-by-month of what’s in nature and gardening.

  • CELEBRATE - A calendar of spring celebrations, and some suggestions of how to enjoy them.

  • AT HOME - Full of crafts, activities and recipes. Ways to spend your spring.

  • MUSIC - Enjoying music with children, prompts for music study, poems and verses.

    It also comes with a playlist, specially curated by my father-in-law (first viola of St Martin’s in the Field) and myself, full of modern and classical music steeped in spring vibes.

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This guide is for you if you want:

  • to introduce your children to the wonders of spring.

  • to take the work out of planning carefully curated seasonal activities.

  • to embrace the small changes in nature.

  • to create celebrations and traditions for you to come back to year after year.

  • and the tools to create a little bit of everyday magic for your family over the next few months.