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40 Tips for Parents: Parts 21-25

Continuing the journey of #40TipsForParents with another five you might find helpful: 40 Tips for Parents: Tip #21 Give them Justice/Compassion/Generosity-flavoured experiences. We have spoken about being honest and dealing with difficult topics when it comes to things happening in the country or tricky questions they may be asking [Tips 4 and 14]. But i want to encourage you to do things with them that teach them about Justice and bridge-building and compassion and [...]

40 Tips for Parents: Parts 16-20

Rolling on with our #40TipsForParents as we head into the second half: 40 Tips for Parents: Tip #16 Be mindful about the pictures you show of your children. There are many levels to this one, but the most real and scary relates to predators and the sickness of the world we live in. It may be completely innocent for you to show a picture of your naked three year old running around the garden, [...]

By |2019-09-26T10:30:55+02:00Sep 20th, 2019|40 Tips, family, positive ideas for change|0 Comments

40 Tips for Parents: Parts 11-15

We are continuing on with our series aimed at sharing ideas with parents who are looking for some creative ways to parent better. #40TipsForParents 40 Tips for Parents: Tip #11 Talk to your children about important things first. This links to explaining things and raising the bar [tips 4 & 5] but is a little more specific. Some people are really great and feel at ease when talking about topics like sex, periods, racism, [...]

By |2019-09-26T15:09:49+02:00Sep 14th, 2019|40 Tips, family|0 Comments

40 Tips for Parents: Parts 6-10

We are busy working through a series where we look at Tips for Parents and these are the next five tips: 40 Tips For Parents: Tip #6 Present a united front. This came from a comment one of the parents shared on the discipline survey i shared last week, but feels like such an important one. i remember as a child the whole idea of trying to play one parent off another. So if [...]

By |2019-09-26T12:23:29+02:00Aug 30th, 2019|40 Tips, family, inspire-ations|3 Comments

The Discipline of Parenting

Giving Discipline to children well must be one of the hardest aspects of parenting.  i took to Facebook to ask some of my friends who are parents to share some of their ideas/process/stories/thinking: i imagine that discipline must be one of the hardest things to get right for a lot of parents. How do you discipline your kids [maybe add in age of kids cos that changes things] in ways that you have found [...]

40 Tips for Parents: Parts 1-5

i am busy compiling a list of 40 Tips for Parents which will hopefully encourage, inspire, challenge and give some new and fresh ideas or perspective on how you can parent well. Here are the first five in the series: 40 Tips for Parents: Tip #1 Love your children. Let them know you love them by telling them. Often. Not you love them IF or you love them WHEN - never let it seem [...]

By |2019-08-30T13:08:23+02:00Aug 25th, 2019|40 Tips, family, inspire-ations|0 Comments

#40TipsForParents: Intro

This one is for the parents i am not a parent. Well, not biologically. Or even adoptionally. But i have been a child. And a teenager. i had friends who were children and teenagers. i have been a leader on and directed a very large number of holiday clubs and camps where children and teenagers were the main participants. i studied as a primary school teacher and did about a year's worth of practical [...]

By |2019-08-30T13:06:38+02:00Aug 21st, 2019|40 Tips, family, inspire-ations|0 Comments

Taboo Topics: Parents of young children – Meet Geraldine Walsh

i am so grateful to my friend Geraldine Walsh, who recently joined the @AFrikkinHashtag Hashtagging team on Twittter for sharing such a vulnerable story about her time as a new mom as well as letting me link this to her post on post-natal depression. Make sure that you sign up to follow her blog after reading this: Today is B’s birthday. Instead of it being a lovely family day with nice surprises for [...]

Taboo Topics: Parents of young children – Meet Hilary Mushambi

I’m. So. Tired. And I’m scared. Scared to admit how hard I find it. Scared to let people in to see my struggle. Scared of the judgment I expect to see. Because I knew motherhood would be hard. But I never expected it to be like this. It’s like boot camp. You get dumped in the deep end and you learn to swim through it, while somehow in the process you earn entry into the [...]

Taboo Topics: Parents of young children – Meet Christie Mae Roberts

Parenting is the hardest thing I have ever done. That’s stating the obvious, right? I mean, one can’t open Facebook without finding a meme that involves children and the need for copious amounts of wine (or maybe that’s a reflection on how mommified my Facebook feed has become?) I don’t think there is a parent out there who doesn’t feel tired (emotionally, physically, mentally) MOST of the time. Steve and I have been married for [...]

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