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  • 18 Nov 2013

    Help your child beat bullying

    Bullying can be one of the most challenging experiences our children might face away from the safety of the home. And it can be incredibly dis-empowering for parents, who want to protect their children and despair at seeing them upset, but don't know what to do. Children can be cruel and, as books like Lord of the Flies show, are adept at spotting difference and weakness in their peers. Bullying often comes from a place of fear: the perpetrating child may have difficulties at home, or feel anxious themselves at school. […] more

  • 13 Nov 2013

    Surviving an off-grid winter

    There was a point during last year’s interminable winter when I turned to my partner and said; “Give me a nice warm flat with double glazing, central heating I can turn up ridiculously high, a washing machine, a piping hot power shower, wall to wall carpets, a shop next door and a massive flatscreen TV.” Okay, perhaps not the flatscreen, but if someone had offered us the rest of the above during one of those snowbound afternoons, I would have leapt in with both feet and sod the ethical implications. We debated for a long time whether we’d do another off-grid winter. […] more

  • 12 Nov 2013

    Getting fit with kids

    Kids don’t worry about keeping fit. They naturally spend their days running around and burning up any excess energy. You don’t see a toddler slumped in a chair for eight hours of the day, wondering why they feel so sluggish and tired. Our kids have a lot to teach us about the joyfulness of moving our bodies. Without the self-consciousness of adulthood, they dance freely to music, run effortlessly around the garden, and scale scary-looking heights without fear. Watching the way children move and use their bodies can help us remember what it felt like to be free and without excess baggage. […] more

  • 8 Nov 2013

    Trusting parental instincts

    We all know or have heard of someone whose instincts saved their own or a loved one’s life. For me, it is my partner’s cousin, Suzanne, who took her then five year old son to the doctor when he had a rash and a headache. They were dismissed and sent home with a prescription for a cream, but Suzanne wasn’t convinced and, because of a strong instinct, she took the turning to the hospital when leaving the surgery. It turned out her son had meningitis and when they got to the hospital he was rushed into the emergency rooms. The staff at the hospital told Suzanne that her instinct saved her son’s life. […] more

  • 8 Nov 2013

    The seeds of anxiety

    With as many as 1 in 6 young people in the UK suffering from some form of anxiety disorder at some point in their lives and many more having regular feelings of “intense” generalised anxiety, we are seeing an increase in anxiety cases year upon year. Over the past 70 years, the numbers have been rapidly increasing. And whilst some cases of anxiety develop later in life for unrelated reasons, a large number of cases can be traced back to childhood. […] more

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