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21 TED Talks for parents that will help you realise you’re enough

21 TED Talks for parents that will help you realise you’re enough

Parenting can be a lonely, bumpy road. It's a struggle to feel like you're doing a good job, even when you're probably doing a very good job. These TED Talks for parents will (a) help you out if you feel a bit stuck and (b) remind you that it's not just the kids who...

What raising a kid with anxiety taught me about parenting

What raising a kid with anxiety taught me about parenting

"Happy children are all alike; every unhappy child is unhappy in its own way." With respect to Mr Tolstoy, I can't think of a better way to summarise why it's so hard parenting a special-needs kid. In my case, it's a kid with anxiety, but anxiety looks...

A teacher’s plea: Parents, please allow children to fail

A teacher’s plea: Parents, please allow children to fail

Our guest today is a teacher who has become increasingly frustrated with how quickly parents swoop in to save their fledglings. She has a very clear message: we must allow children to fail, or we are doing them a big disservice. This generation of parents would like...

You never get over some stages of parenting

You never get over some stages of parenting

Autumn of 2013. My eldest was nine years old, middle almost eight, youngest just turned six. All three were in primary school. We were allegedly smack-bang in the golden parenting stages. If there ever was such a thing. Which there is not. We'd had nits before,...

Neuroscience is unlocking the mysteries of the teen brain

Neuroscience is unlocking the mysteries of the teen brain

How would you describe an average teenager? For most people, the following characteristics might come to mind: moody, impulsive, risk taking, likely to succumb to peer pressure. by Lucy Foulkes, University of York While it’s clear that adolescence is a period of life...

A simple way to think about friendships

A simple way to think about friendships

When you're a kid, making friends is really easy. Friendships pop up in the playground, at the slippery dip, in the check out line. Four years ago, my girls made lifelong friends one afternoon at the beach. We've never seen the family again, but the kids still keep in...

A strategy to stop a teen meltdown in its tracks

A strategy to stop a teen meltdown in its tracks

My son is the master of the teen meltdown. To be honest, he was also a master of the toddler meltdown, the preschooler meltdown and the beware-of-the-10-year-old-boy meltdown. You could say he's been building up to teen meltdown form for years and he's #nailedit....

40+ things adults wish their parents had done differently

40+ things adults wish their parents had done differently

AskReddit is often a good read for vox-pop type discussions. Someone asks a question and everyone opens up. I recently came across a thread about what people wish their parents had done differently. There is so much parenting gold in there. Here are the highlights....

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It’s official: being nice wins more friends in high school

It’s official: being nice wins more friends in high school

Simply being nice wins more friends in high school than being a rebel, our ANU study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology has found. by Joseph Ciarrochi, Australian Catholic University We looked at what sorts of social strategies help teens win close...

Quick homemade muesli bars

Quick homemade muesli bars

Can we all just agree that it was a good day when the muesli bar went mainstream? Prior to the eighties, homemade muesli bars were seen as hippy snacks. In fact, the entire muesli/wholegrain thing was dismissed as hippy healthfoods and not the kind of thing that...

How to make a drawstring bag

How to make a drawstring bag

I love parties and I like to go the extra mile when it comes to all the little details of the party. I also like to be environmentally-conscious wherever I can. So I thought I’d share with you how to make a drawstring bag for your party guests to take home. Of course,...

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