When play looks risky should you control or let go?

Posted by Samantha on November 8, 2012 in Letting Go, Over-control, Play, Safety, Worry

I think all parents occasionally worry about their children.  It’s a natural, though frequently unhelpful, result of our great love for them. Who among us, can watch our children cycling  or climbing or skateboarding or performing without feeling somewhat anxious?  Not me anyway (yet….). Last week, on Halloween, my daughter and her friend were in […]

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Do children need to play computer games?

Posted by Samantha on August 12, 2012 in Parenting Dilemmas, Play

Last week my irritation with screen-based computer games came to a head.  It’s not been the greatest summer weather-wise and poor weather always spells a more lenient attitude to screen-time in our house. But what bothered me last week wasn’t the fact that my son and daughter play these games, but merely the fact that […]


Letting children test their limits

Posted by Samantha on September 26, 2011 in Boundaries, Over-control, Play, Resilience, Safety

Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence Henri F. Amiel, Swiss philosopher and poet (1821 – 1881) Where are all our children gone?  Last week I began to feel like I was in Vulgaria from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – a land where children are forbidden.  It used […]

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