Jo's Editorial

With the summer holidays here and with lots of nannies, grandparents and parents taking time off of work to schedule outings and playdates with their kids and friends, the one question I’ve been asked a lot over the last week is about disciplining other people’s children. So I thought why not talk about it?

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It’s interesting to seeing what others give as parenting advice. What I’ve been seeing lately is a lot is about being careful “not to blame” a child. “Don’t blame the child. Try not to blame,” is a constant thing parents and caretakers hear and read as they raise children. But this is contradictory to when we say we want our kids to be accountable for the things they do and have done (whether accidents or not).

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Easter and spring are both times of renewal, rebirth, and change, as it is the beginning of a new season. For some of us that will mean uprooting and planting new seeds elsewhere. Perhaps you’re moving house, or school, or starting a new job. For those going through a period of rebirth, renewal, and change, what are some ways we can make this change to a new environment or situation easier for our families and ourselves?

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As the snow begins to melt and the cold lifts after a long winter, now is a good time to start thinking about getting kids outdoors and planning nature-based activities. When a child is out in nature, all of their senses get activated: They’re seeing, hearing, touching, even tasting. It is truly one of the first times in their lives that they actively witness and are immersed in something bigger than themselves, and see the lifecycle nature undergoes.

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