Inspire

Raising awesome humans is no mean feat. So here’s the place to fill up on ideas, interviews and stories from the heroes that lead by example and give us faith in the next generation.

Inspire

Raising awesome humans is no mean feat. So here’s the place to fill up on ideas, interviews and stories from the heroes that lead by example and give us faith in the next generation.

The plastic-free bathroom: family style

For everyone dreaming of a new bathroom, here’s my (unsolicited) advice. Ditch those Pinterest boards bulging with contrasting Metro tiles and utilitarian hardware and instead, jump on the plastic-free bandwagon for the ultimate in eco-chic.

Growing Towards Justice – A Curriculum for Kindness

The wonderful Jamey over at Their Good Beginning Blog recently treated us to a little preview of ‘Growing Towards Justice’, a year-long curriculum for families with children under 6. It’s full of the tools we all need to raise kind, fair, justice-minded kids who can stand up for what they believe in. Here’s how Team ToyDrop got on.

My summer as a three-year-old

We get it, summer holidays are tough. They can feel like the longest, most thankless weeks of the year with a constant battle for authority and a laundry cycle that just. never. ends. Laura Smith decided this year would be different and instead of wearing the mum hat of practicality all summer, she embodied her inner three-year-old. Here’s how it turned out…

How to Pet a Pup with The Zara DogDog Club

Whether you’re a dog or a cat person (or both, like us), there’s no denying that pets are amazing. Today we’re catching up with Anna Crichton of The Zara DogDog Club to teach us (and our little peeps) how to make pals with pups in the safest and most mutually respectful way, whether you’re out and about or soon to bring one home.

Start ’em back sustainably

The celebratory ring of that first school bell is about to sound. School is ON. But if it’s crept up on you like this cheeky little wave of unexpected sunshine and you’re after some last-minute supplies, check out this selection of the most earth-friendly and socially conscious bits to get their mitts on.

Back to School with Miss Stokes

Meret Stokes is assistant head at a state-funded primary school in Hackney, London. With a decade of teaching under her belt, she knows exactly what happens in each academic year of the primary days. I grilled her about what our littles can expect when they move up this September, whether it’s their first year or their last.

A Little List with James Whitaker

James is my brother-in-law and founder of East London’s architectural practice, Whitaker Studio. He’s also the proud Dad of my two awesome nephews, Jack and Wilf. They live in Walthamstow with wife and Mum, Em, and two rescue cats, Scout and Alfie.

Bringing Montessori home with The Montessori Studio

If you’ve got young kids, you probably know a thing or two about Montessori education. Even mainstream schools are weaving it into their classrooms these days. But if you’re anything like us at ToyDrop Towers, you might need a hand when it comes to bringing this brilliant philosophy home…

Learning to play, the autistic way

Charlotte Adorjan’s six-year-old son Woody has high-functioning autism/Aspergers Syndrome and while she explores the best ways to play with her “brilliantly bonkers” babe, she’s learning a hell of a lot more along the way.