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  • 29 Jan 2014

    Protecting your family’s privacy on social media

    In an age of sites such as Facebook and Instagram, Twitter and blogging, our children are growing up in a world of exposure, where it is normal for people you have never met to know intimate details about your life. It’s difficult for us adults to fully imagine what it must be like to grow up in this environment. We can remember a time before social media, before the Internet and mobile phones, even before computers were commonplace. Our children don’t have that luxury. […] more

  • 24 Jan 2014

    Aromatherapy for little ones

    Essential oils have been around for millennia. Humankind’s affinity with the natural world means that these oils – distilled from plants – can have a powerful effect on our wellbeing; physical, emotional and spiritual. But it can be daunting when faced with a shelf-full of essential oils at the health food store to know which are best for your family, especially as some aren’t safe for children. Building up a collection can take place over time, as you get to know which ones work for each family member. […] more

  • 23 Jan 2014

    Massage throughout childhood

    Massage makes a lovely bedtime ritual throughout childhood and into teenage-hood. Most of us massage our children when they are babies, in awe of their soft baby skin. Baby massage classes abound, and though these can be a great way to meet people and learn new techniques, they are not necessary to enjoying this bond with your new-born. Babies and their mothers and fathers all have a unique way of communicating, both through touch and verbally. […] more

  • 17 Jan 2014

    On Being Four Years Old

    Being 4 is hard, apparently. You can’t always go to bed whenever you fancy; you can’t get dressed after you leave the house and it’s raining when you want to walk to the shop with no shoes on. The world is deeply unkind to 4-year-olds and not at all understanding of their plight. Why shouldn’t I be able to kick you in the face? It’s my foot, isn’t it? […] more

  • 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

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