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  • 7 May 2014

    5 things not to say to teenagers

    Chatting with friends recently, the conversation turned to what not to say to teenagers. Some of these friends are parents of teens; others, like me, have younger children but remember being a teenager all too well. After much discussion, we came up with a list of things that really don’t help to hear when you’re going through the tumultuous hormonal, physical and emotional upheaval of teenage-hood. Teenagers are some of the most maligned and misunderstood members of our society, in a kind of limbo-land without respect or standing in life and with no means yet of gaining it. […] more

  • 30 Apr 2014

    Lazy Feminism

    Much of modern feminism, I find, is a lot like modern medicine. It dabbles in existing problems, sometimes helping and sometimes not, whilst glossing over or completely misunderstanding the cause of those problems. With such circular arguments as the idea that “men” or ignorant women are preventing change despite repeated attempts to provide solutions and discourse, it should be glaringly obvious that these “solutions” are ineffective at best and worsening the situation at worst. […] more

  • 15 Apr 2014

    Giving thanks before a meal

    It’s the moments that we stop that give form to family life. When we pause amongst the hustle and bustle of the every day and witness the wonder around us. Too often we find that we just don’t make time for a pause: there’s so much to be done and so little time to do it in. But as some wise sage once said, ‘the days are long, but the years are short’, and before long you’re wondering where all the time went. Another wise sage – in the form of Ferris Bueller in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – said: ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ And who wants to miss their children growing? When they’ve all left home, it’s the memories of now – these days and weeks – that will make us laugh and cry. […] more

  • 3 Apr 2014

    What is good parenting?

    The pursuit of good parenting can seem endless. In truth, it really is – it’s an ongoing, evolving process that grows and adapts with your family’s needs. But it can also be tiring and confusing. In reality, most of us wind up tying ourselves in knots wondering where the line between being a respectful parent and being a permissive parent actually lies. It certainly doesn’t help that there are more “experts” around these days than there ever where when we were growing up and many of them take the form of unqualified individuals that have simply gathered a large following on their Facebook page. Knowing what good parenting looks like can sometimes seem impossible. […] more

  • 27 Mar 2014

    Wear your onesie for World Autism Awareness Day

    2nd April marks World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), a day of showing your support for those with autism and their families, raising awareness and challenging misconceptions of the condition. Having a clear idea about what autism is and how it affects families is important if we are able to support those with autism in our communities. The National Autistic Society (NAS) has a helpful description on their website: […] more

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