Category Archives: Empowering children

How to raise a moral hero

In a very confronting piece on CNN, James Dawes, director of the Program in Human Rights at Macalester College, and the author of “Evil Men” (Harvard University Press, 2013), discusses how a “monster is made”. The article is an opinion piece … Continue reading

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Mum, can we have pony patties for dinner?!?

Mum, can we have pony patties for dinner?!? Ah, pony patties, donkey dunkers, ninny nuggets, horse hamburgers – the European horse meat scandal sure has opened up a whole new range of treats for home cooks and Master Chef contestants … Continue reading

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BB Cream Ingredients…and why we need to explain to our kids what’s in the products they see in advertising

Over the recent holidays we went places as a family that we don’t tend to head during normal months…so there were trips to the movies, shopping centres and a bit of extra TV watching. And it seemed like we’d stepped … Continue reading

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Parenting Forum in Townsville – 23rd March 2013

Thanks to the great gang at Food for Thought Townsville, Kids in Harmony, TropEco, White Rabbit and James Cook University there’ll be a parenting forum in Townsville to be held on 23rd March, 2013. Come along for information, ideas and … Continue reading

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Child Labour or Doing the Child a Favour?

For the last few years we’ve been working at opening a native bee sanctuary and ethnobotanical (useful plant) garden on our farm. The kids have been involved all along the way, whether digging holes, planting trees (medicinal, dye, aromatherapy, edible, … Continue reading

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Knives & Scythes & 9 year olds

In the last few months I’ve seen my son with: – a knife sticking out of his leg, and – an electronic game sticking out of his hands And though I know this will get me labeled with the tag … Continue reading

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Kindness Mutliplied

Last week I had the absolute honour of speaking at a Transition Towns group event and on the panel after the talk was Margo Mannix a clinical social worker. Margo believes her parenting has been successful because her children are … Continue reading

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Kids’ Market Stall – Contributing vs Consuming

Sooo great to see local kids banding together at the market this weekend to sell their wares. The lovely market managers charge them $2ea (and they get a receipt!) to share a “Kids’ Community Stall”. Any child is welcome to … Continue reading

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How you and your family can create a local community around you.

Daydreaming about having a personal chef? Like a trustworthy babysitter? Need someone to help mow the lawn or would you enjoy a rental shop that doesn’t charge for all sorts of tools, toys and clothes? How about a shoulder to … Continue reading

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iCan and iDid vs iPod…Do you want to raise a Consumer or a Contributor?

TV, computer games and mobile phones have been a way of life for years in the West. Each decade the number of small screens and time spent on them multiplying like over-friendly bacteria. And as a parent, I’ve felt like … Continue reading

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