HUMAN RIGHTS BEGIN AT HOME

What do child rights look like in the family home?


The importance of the family There is no place more important or influential for a young person than their family. It is where they develop and grow, the base of physical and emotional wellbeing and where life-long relationships are forged. The family also presents a unique opportunity for young people to experience their human rights, as laid out in UN…

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Thirteen reasons not to smack

THIRTEEN REASONS NOT TO SMACK YOUR KIDS


I find it astonishing that smacking children is still being debated in some countries. I live in a country where violence against children has been illegal to for many years – as illegal as it is to hurt your dog or beat your spouse. It’s astonishing as all the evidence points to the fact that smacking is ineffectual, leads to seriously…

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Parent Allies Guide to the Festive Season

The Parent Allies Guide to the Festive Season


‘Tis the season to be jolly! And stressed! And broke! And also, the season to sort of regress to your seven year old self at family gatherings! Fa la la la la-la la la la! Ah, I jest, I jest. We’ve got this. We so do. (Some minutes.) However. Just in case you need a little fortifying of your parenting…

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A parent's job is not to control children

THE JOB OF A PARENT IS NOT TO CONTROL CHILDREN


Our horns were locked, my six year old and I. Once again we were fighting over food. I wanted her to just try the lentil soup. “I know you’d like it,” I cajoled, on edge. She physically turned away from the table. She’d said no and now she was flatly refusing to engage. I knew I was feeling triggered but…

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