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  • 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

  • 1 Feb 2014

    Dignity Action Day – why is dignity important?

    How important is dignity in our daily lives? It’s the sort of question we probably don’t give much thought to, but most of us will remember a time when our own dignity was compromised, perhaps when someone made an unkind comment about us in front of others, or when a boss was unnecessarily critical about work we felt we’d put a lot in to. As parents, we unconsciously aim to uphold our children’s dignity. Shame is one of the most damaging feelings for a child to experience. […] more

  • 1 Feb 2014

    Taking your baby to the cinema

    This time of year is great for fantastic cinema as Oscar hopefuls jostle for audiences. But most parents think back to their cinema-going evenings with wistfulness – those relaxing times just the two of you, a tub of popcorn and the excited anticipation of seeing a film with rave reviews. Coming out of the cinema feeling inspired, moved, warmed or uplifted by a great film and chatting about it all the way home. It seems plenty of cinemas are now wising up to the fact that parents aren’t quite ready to hang up their cinema-going hats yet. […] more

  • 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

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