Liz Lowe

Freelance writer and freestyling mother

Liz Lowe is a London-based freelance writer and freestyling mother.
She blogs at Parenting Calm about mindful living and positive parenting, with a sense of humour.
Liz also loves wine, yoga, reading and chocolate and can currently manage three out of four at the same time.

Four Creative Ways To Make Memories Last

We've had some of our happiest times here, but what is now the fabric of everyday life will eventually become threads of memories (you may, of course, have a better capacity for remembering things than me - I'm blaming sleep deprivation, and the latter part of the nineties).
26/09/2016 13:29 BST

After The Mindfulness Course - What Happened Next?

During the course I fitted in daily 'formal' (as in 'structured', not black tie...) mindfulness practices such as meditations, body scans and yoga. Initially, I was resistant to dedicating this time to 'doing nothing', but I soon came to crave these quiet, still moments.
05/09/2016 11:47 BST

Why Babies Make Excellent Meditation Aids

Every day I plan to factor in a little relaxation, a few stretches - something to soothe and refresh my tired, frayed mind. And then, the day whirls by in haze of toddler negotiations, baby feeding frenzies and a whole heap of nappies, and all of a sudden I'm clocking in for the night shift again.
26/08/2016 12:54 BST

How Full Is Your Cup Today?

Parenting from a full cup makes the job easier and more enjoyable, which of course makes us better at it. So you see, giving yourself a little TLC is most definitely not selfish - it's a winner for everyone. Hello? Is that the massage parlour?
18/07/2016 15:06 BST

Moving On from Brexit Blame

Still reeling from the aftershocks of last week's vote to leave the EU, I wanted to write something - but so much has already been written, and the internet needs another angry rant like Instagram needs another 'avocado on toast' shot. Lets face it, we're all a bit exhausted.
01/07/2016 11:25 BST

A Father's Day Note

The urgent need for a gift for my husband has found me in a pottery cafe, yet again, ruining perfectly good mugs with our children's painted footprints. The irony is not lost on the toddler, who notes that I am less enthused about her handprints when they adorn the TV screen, the folding doors and my white shorts.
16/06/2016 10:53 BST

Tantrums: A Different Approach

I wrote recently about using mindfulness to help calm toddler tantrums. It does help. I'm also now learning about the Hand in Hand Parenting approach to meltdowns, and this has had a big impact on the way we view them.
03/06/2016 12:23 BST

Breathing Exercises for Young Children

Lie down (woop!) with your child, and place teddy bears or soft toys on your bellies. Encourage your child to try some abdominal breathing by taking deep inhalations through their nose and and exhaling through their mouth.
18/05/2016 16:13 BST

Finding Extra Time To Connect With My Child

Relationships can be hard work to maintain, and this week I knew I needed to work on one of mine. The toddler, 18 days ago, became a big sister. I know it's been 18 days because I'm counting the scratches on her cot walls.
18/05/2016 16:00 BST

Surviving Life With a Newborn and Toddler

I had a baby. The last time I had a baby was just over two years ago, around the same time that we began watching Game of Thrones. Interestingly, I can remember virtually every storyline of Game of Thrones and yet I had forgotten many of the details of life with a newborn.
03/05/2016 11:30 BST

Mindful Birthing: Using Mindfulness During Labour

I had thoroughly prepared for a positive birth experience, but not for one that went so far off plan. It took me a long time to be able to discuss the birth calmly, and even longer to forgive myself for decisions made in moments of panic.
14/04/2016 08:54 BST

How I Rediscovered My Love of Cooking

It's a toughie. In the kitchen I am rarely just cooking. There is usually also some tidying, cleaning, laundry and conversation also taking place. And often a toddler driving a plastic car into my legs.
06/04/2016 14:25 BST

Mindful Parenting: Four Things I've Learnt So Far

This year, soon to become a mother of two and having recently gained so many wrinkles that our clothes look ironed by comparison (they aren't, but every cloud...), I decided to focus on building my mental resources with project 52 pauses.
04/04/2016 15:17 BST

The Smartphone Habit: Six Ways To Cut Family Tech Time

There have been numerous articles written outlining the negative effects of excessive screen time on our minds and our relationships, none of which I can be bothered to cite here. My reasons for wanting to resist the lure of the small screen are experiential and very simple...
17/03/2016 14:42 GMT

The Big Turn Off - AKA Superpowered Sleep!

I had an epic, rib-shattering cough and cold, and the additional symptom of excessive whinging led me to suspect I was a victim of man-flu. The lines between night and day were fuzzier than usual but I still managed to focus on 'superpowering' my sleep, by which I mean improving the quality of it.
09/03/2016 10:49 GMT

A Little Loving Kindness Goes a Long Way

We celebrated Valentine's Day in our usual 'low key' style. Whilst we were all at the market my husband bought me flowers. He was assisted by the toddler who did a quick spot check on various options to see how easily the petals and berries could be detached. Most, quite easily, it turned out and we may not be welcomed back by that particular florist.
18/02/2016 12:04 GMT

Recipe for Birthday Letters of Love (Just add Toddler Tantrums)

Anyway, this week's 'pause' was based around my project of writing 'birthday letters of love' to my daughter, which I will give to her when it feels right. Like many of my projects it was still in the early stages, with both 1st and 2nd birthday letters now due.
12/02/2016 10:46 GMT

Six Ways Mindfulness Helps Parents

Time flows on, and today's stresses become tomorrow's fondly recounted anecdotes. No matter the age of your child there are always challenges, and as we move through each stage there's a tendency to look back at the previous one and realise how good we had it.
11/02/2016 10:39 GMT

Catch the Pigeon (Toddler Lessons in Mindfulness)

February began, for the toddler and I, with snotty cuddles and coughing competitions. 'Dry January' was an easy win for both of us (aided by pregnancy and not being tall enough to reach the wine rack), but our current glow owes more to contamination than bountiful health.
05/02/2016 10:09 GMT