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How do I help my kids be resilient?

Posted by Samantha on January 21, 2012 in Feelings, Resilience

Resilience is the word psychologists use to talk about the ability to get back up after you’ve been knocked down and keep going.  I think of it as a kind of psychological strength. It’s been found to be a key indicator of who will thrive rather than falter following difficult or traumatic experiences. I think […]

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Help! It’s pass the parcel!

Posted by Samantha on December 12, 2011 in Empathy, Love, Over-control, Resilience

Here’s a quote from The Telegraph last weekend “Pass the parcel must be ruthlessly rigged to avoid tears”. I guess the parent who thought of putting a packet of sweets between the layers of pass the parcel was very pleased with the innovation.  I remember when I first encountered it I thought “oh, nice idea!” […]

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Helping children withstand bullying

Posted by Samantha on December 2, 2011 in Bullying, Feelings, Resilience, Trust

A 12-year-old boy killed himself in the UK this week.  It’s been suggested that he may have hung himself because he was teased about being autistic.  It’s not clear that he was autistic, just that he was being teased about it. Last year, a 15-year-old boy from Gloucestershire killed himself after teasing about being gay.  […]

 
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Mummy, am I a crybaby?

This was what my 7 year old son asked me last night just before bedtime.  I paused for long enough (was it half a second or was it longer?) to realise that my answer was going to be really significant and that it better cut the mustard. (To tell the truth I’m not totally sure […]

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How much stuff is too much for kids?

Posted by Samantha on October 7, 2011 in Consequences, Happiness, Materialism, Resilience, Stuff

It’s important to make sure we’re not compromising our children’s long-term contentment for short-term fulfilment.  No-where is this more relevant than when we contemplate how much stuff is reasonable to give our children. We’ll all differ with regard to how much stuff we buy for our offspring.  One parent’s spoiled is another parent’s deprived. More […]

 
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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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