About Me


I’m Janneke.

I’m mum to a three-year-old boy (Small*). After my twenties working on really wonderful local authority and social care projects, I went on maternity leave, and stayed! I really loved it but as a first-time Mum I was frustrated by how scripted parenting seemed to be. I often felt bored and powerless. I was also worried about how narrow education seemed to be and how much schools were being pushed to stop working on stuff like arts, technology and soft skills.

Then I started to think about what I wanted from parenthood and what I wanted for Small. Creativity, problem solving, people skills, happiness is what I want for both of us. Thinking about how to fit those things into our lives made our world more interesting for me. It was great to feel more in control of our journey.

I knew I couldn’t be the only one feeling like that but I also knew that a lot of parents are very busy. So I decided to record my experiments in a blog with the long term goal of creating a set of practical repeatable activities that families could do together to practice soft skills anytime. I’d love to help parents feel in the driving seat with this stuff.

For loads of great activities follow me on Instagram or get in touch on my contact page.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

 * Small is the name I use just for this blog to help maintain my son’s privacy