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Beautiful Things by Tanith Carey

I am so delighted to have Tanith Carey here today sharing her most beautiful things.

Tanith  is an award-winning national newspaper 
journalist and parenting author. Tanith and I have reviewed each others books  and shared our ideas on many occasions.

I respect her tremendously, she is a savvy woman with a great set of values, particularly in regard to parenting. She is also a warm and witty writer, full of wisdom and heart.


Tanith Carey


Beautiful Things by Tanith Carey

Over to Tanith…

The most beautiful day I ever had ……

There are a few but one that sticks out in my mind is one from the summer before I married my husband, Anthony. He took me to a beautiful old hotel in the Sussex countryside for my birthday.  It was so quiet – it seemed like it was just us –  and we played tennis barefoot on the grass court. I still remember the sensation and the smell of the cut grass. I don’t think there is anywhere more beautiful than the British countryside on a sunny day.

We also love to go to Brighton on family breaks. I used to live there (and work as a crime reporter for the local paper there so I know  about the underside!) but even so, it always seems magical when we go there. I went there recently to have some special time with my eldest daughter Lily and it was one of the best weekends ever.

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The most beautiful thing I have ever seen …

Apart from my daughters Lily, 12, and Clio, 9. possibly the Taj Mahal. Nothing prepares you for the way it sparkles and seems to rise out of the ground. It looks like a vision.

The most beautiful thing I have ever owned …

I try not to get to attached to things,  but they would be possibly be the pictures I have of my family. I always have my camera close by because I love taking photographs to  appreciate the small things and to crystallise lovely moments in life, like cupcake making, ducklings in the park, the way Honey’s ears fly up when she chases sticks, the girls doing funny things and their games.

cup cakes

daisy chains lily

The most beautiful song I have ever heard …..

I am very into music – so this my thoughts on this might vary on my mood.  But at the moment I love some of the soundtrack to Amelie which my daughter Clio is learning to play on the piano. I also love the Kate Bush song: “This Woman’s Work”, Lana Del Ray’s ‘Young and Beautiful’  the Pink Floyd Song, ‘The Division Bell’, loads of tracks by the Beloved, The Mourners of St Paul’s by Liam Frost, tons of Vivaldi and Handel, and huge chunks of the New Order and Arcade Fire back catalogues.

The most beautiful person I know is…..

After my husband and children naturally, it’s my  dog, Honey. There are few creatures more joyful and life-enhancing than a dog. Here are some pictures of her on the day we collected her. She is now like a giant teddy bear and my constant companion when I work at home.



The most beautiful thing about me is……

In my journalism and books,  I really try my best to share stuff that is useful to people and their parenting. At the same time, I am trying to learn the lessons I need to learn, so I am on an on-going journey.

 Thank you Tanith!

Tanith Carey Biography:

As a mum-of-two girls,
age 9 and 12, Tanith Carey is committed to writing practical
 books which tackle the most pressing issues for today’s 
modern parents. Her books include ‘How to be An 
Amazing Mum – When You Just Don’t Have the Time’
and ‘Where Has My Little Girl Gone? How to Protect
 Your Daughter from Growing Up Too Soon’, which has been translated into ten languages and is being up-dated for a brand new edition with Icon books next year.  Tanith’s next 
book ‘Taming the Tiger Parenting – How to put your Child’s Wellbeing First in a Competitive World’  is published by Constable/Little Brown this September.


Taming the Tiger Parent:

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TWITTER: twitter.com/TanithCarey

WEBSITE: www.tanithcarey.com


  1. July 28, 2014 / 10:35 am

    Thanks so much for all your lovely feedback. As I told Becky, it’s the loveliest thing I’ve been asked to do in a long time!

  2. Hayley Goleniowska
    July 15, 2014 / 3:33 pm

    What a lovely idea, a series of utterly beautiful and positive posts. I love the sound of Taming the Tiger parent, it’s so difficult to focus on the child when all around are competing for best at this and that…

  3. Penny A Residence
    July 8, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    Tanith I love the sound of all your books and the tiger parenting one sounds particularly grerrrrraaaaaaat! (I am so not a Tiger, how rubbish was that roar) but I do feel the pressure. I worked in Brighton as a student, so saw the underbelly of a 5 star hotel as a chambermaid. I have half a novel about people trafficking set in a hotel, inspired by that time, I would love to hear some of your real life stories. Love your beautiful things.

  4. July 8, 2014 / 9:55 am

    The photos with this post are utterly beautiful!

    And what an intersting lady Tanith sounds

  5. Mari
    July 8, 2014 / 8:55 am

    I’m with Katy, we really need to get a dog too, I think it would complete us. I loved this post so refreshing to read about the beautiful in someone else’s life as it makes me look at my own life more

  6. July 7, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    Love how the beauty doesn’t always mean having to be perfect. This has inspired me to travel more.

  7. Nikki Thomas
    July 7, 2014 / 5:22 pm

    These posts are so refreshingly lovely. Such a lovely collection of beautiful things and gorgeous photos too

  8. July 7, 2014 / 1:07 pm

    Ooh – lovely post! I’m glad it’s not just me who lives life through a lens! Now we REALLY need to get a dog! xx

  9. Amanda
    July 7, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    I now *really* need to see the Taj Mahal sparking…it sounds magical. What lovely answers, and that photo of Honey in the snow or rain, oh my goodness.

  10. July 7, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    Playing tennis barefoot sounds like absolute bliss! All the images are stunning and the cupcakes look super yummy!! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  11. July 7, 2014 / 11:46 am

    What a beautiful post, with some gorgeous imagery! Must check out your books too Tanith, they sound perfect for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. July 7, 2014 / 11:38 am

    Really beautiful post and lovely photos too.

    I’m still absolutely loving this series Becky.

  13. July 7, 2014 / 9:53 am

    What a beautiful post, and I’m definitely going to look up the book. x

    • becky
      July 7, 2014 / 10:15 am

      I think it sounds brilliant Emma!

  14. Kanchan@ The Intrepid Misadventurer
    July 7, 2014 / 7:44 am

    This is so beautiful and a lot of what you say resonates very deeply with me, Tanith! Agree totally about the life-enhancing experience of a dog… and cherishing the photographs you make of your family. Love the pics, they have such a strong emotional texture. Really enjoyed stopping by and reading this ๐Ÿ™‚ X

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