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  • 14 Mar 2014

    Honouring your parenting choices

    It’s a minefield out there. We’ve all been in a situation where an innocent comment about a parenting decision we’ve made had the same effect as letting off a stink-bomb in polite company. Many of us who make parenting choices slightly left of the mainstream might decide it’s preferable not to mention them at all. Parenting is an emotive subject and almost all parents are familiar with the low-level guilt that seems to haunt even the most simple of parental choices. […] more

  • 13 Mar 2014

    How children learn about nurture through animals

    We all hope to raise children who are aware of others and the world around them. Children are drawn to the natural world, a biological tendency called biophillia. We’ve all seen the way in which children, unhindered by adult influence, will naturally run towards animals. But if we do not offer opportunities for this innate sense to develop, children can develop a fear of nature, known as biophobia. These children are afraid or contemptuous of nature and natural surroundings, and often avoid animals. […] more

  • 13 Mar 2014

    Support your local library

    I’m sitting typing this in the warm peace of our local library. It’s a place that has a special place in my heart, as all libraries do. Every time I enter a library I still feel the thrill of the fact these amazing places are gloriously, deliciously free. That these great bastions of learning are available to all, regardless of age, economic background or religious leaning. Libraries have something for everyone. […] more

  • 10 Mar 2014

    Stories offer unequalled learning opportunities

    Stories form the backbone of our lives. They integrate our understanding of self, of where we fit in the grand scheme of things. Through stories, we come to understand the lives of our ancestors in the form of history, and the social mores of the culture around us. Stories are a vital part of a child’s learning experience; from the earliest stage they begin to form sounds through storytelling. As they grow, stories teach children empathy, language skills, emotional intelligence, connection, reflection and resolution, amongst a whole gamut of other things. […] more

  • 4 Mar 2014

    Women’s Day for Mothers

    Mothers, perhaps more than other women in society, know about inequality in the ‘workplace’ (if mothering is considered a job and thus our homes our workplace). Many of us give up paid employment to become mothers and while our new role has an untold amount of love and joy woven into the contract, it also demands impossibly long hours, no time off for ill health, no financial perks or pay-rises. In fact, we tend to take a huge or complete cut in our wages, supplementing our income if we can with part-time work. […] more

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