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  • 11 Feb 2014

    Forgiving yourself

    Despite the cultural stereotype, guilt actually does serve a purpose. It lets us know when we’ve made a mistake; it encourages us to better ourselves, to try harder and to attempt to make amends with a person or situation. It keeps us working on our relationships and is a normal, healthy emotion that we must accept and process in the most positive way we can – whether it’s a simple apology or completely re-evaluating certain beliefs and behaviours. But what happens when we can’t let go of the guilt, or there’s nobody left to make amends with? […] more

  • 10 Feb 2014

    Starting a green business from home

    Do you have a passion or interest you feel could be turned into a business? We’ve noticed that lots of Green Parent readers tend to be creative folk, passionate about causes close to their hearts and determined to find ways to raise their kids alongside their dreams. Stay at home mums – and dads – are seeking ways to bring in extra income whilst juggling looking after their kids. These small green businesses are not only challenging homogenised corporate giants, but they are teaching our children skills of self-sufficiency and empowerment. […] more

  • 9 Feb 2014

    Put the phone away

    Have you looked around you much recently? I mean really looked around? Everywhere I turn, there are people with faces buried in mobile phones, tablet computers and various other internet ready devices. None of that would be so bad, if they weren’t already in the company of other people. Sometimes they’re all blissfully unaware of each other as they tappy-tap-tap away on their phones, other times the other party/parties are trying to engage them and I don’t know which is sadder. […] more

  • 8 Feb 2014

    Keeping our children safe on the Internet

    Internet safety is a new but very pressing topic. A lot of parents are finding their feet with this issue as it’s something we’ve never faced before, but it’s also an area we need to learn about – and fast. Tuesday 11th February is Safer Internet Day, when schools, companies and governments come together to promote the safe and responsible use of technology in order to harness its largely positive effects on our lives. The theme is ‘let’s create a better internet together’, offering the opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role and responsibility that all stakeholders have in helping to create a better internet. […] more

  • 2 Feb 2014

    Honouring your own needs

    There’s no shame in sometimes feeling overwhelmed with the demands of parenthood. It can feel as if overnight your life has been taken over by responsibility and in the endless tending to the needs of others, your own needs fall pretty far down the list. It’s what you do when the feeling strikes that counts. Are you a boiler: bubbling over with stress and anger before you finally explode? Or maybe a sulker: retreating into your own resentment and frustration until you’ve cut off those close to you? […] more

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