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  • 16 Jan 2014

    Oversharing on the internet

    No longer limited to teens and younger folks, for whom it is almost forgivable, self-interested internet status updates are now a growing problem in adults of various ages. If you’re tweeting about your every move, or “checking-in” to every building you have ever set foot in via facebook, you may well be at risk of being an “oversharer” and irritating the people who follow/like you more than you realise. “What’s the problem?” I hear you cry, surely I’m just being grumpy. And anyway, why don’t I just not read it/hide you from my news feed or unfriend you completely if I don’t like it? […] more

  • 14 Jan 2014

    Beating Prejudice with Knowledge

    “Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity.” Kofi Annan Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan’s wise words on racism remind us that one of the most powerful ways to eliminate prejudice is through knowledge. Teaching our children about the people of the world, different customs and cultures, and different religions and worldviews stands them in good stead to create a new world of tolerance and inclusion. […] more

  • 14 Jan 2014

    Loving where you are right now

    Did you set yourself New Year resolutions? Have you stuck to them? I have to admit I fell woefully off the wagon on – ahem – the first of January when I ate some birthday cake (attempting to eat less sugar) and drank champagne (attempting to drink less booze). But it was my mum’s birthday so needs must! It made me think, however, that we are very pressured by the media at this time of year to emerge as if from a chrysalis on the first day of the year as a new person, free from any pernicious little habits and wobbly bits that might have bothered us the day before. […] more

  • 14 Jan 2014

    Stressed? Step away from the alcohol

    My partner lost his mum to alcoholism when he was a young teenager. That’s not to say that she physically died; but everything that she had ever been was almost entirely dissolved with the toxic relationship she had slowly formed with alcohol. Since then, the mother he knew and loved is gone and has instead been replaced by a constant reminder of all that he has lost in the form of a sad, lonely and slowly dying woman. This is the painful reality of alcoholism. […] more

  • 7 Jan 2014

    5 tips for moving house with young children

    Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful things a person will undergo in their lives. This, incidentally, is said in reference to the average adult and the various stresses that a house move will entail from the financial and the logistical to the emotional. For most, it is a leading cause of stress, anxiety and relationship troubles – some even leading to divorce! But, what about the little people in our lives? Sure, they don’t have mortgages or rent agreements to contend with and they don’t actually have to organise anything for themselves... […] more

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