3 MOVIES ON THE IMPACT OF PARENTING

While set in different time periods and locations, these three gripping stories told through children’s eyes have made me step back from my own parenting reality. Comfortably confined in our Western bubble, it can be easy to overlook families’ struggles in other corners of the world. These films were to me great reminders of what hardship, poverty and misery are and that relationships are what matters most at the end of the day.

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BACK TO BASICS

If you have not heard of Kim John Payne before, you likely will thank me for introducing his stellar work here. The Australian family consultant and author of the best seller Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids among other books (*), has extensively researched the roots and antidotes to social difficulties, behavioural issues and emotional obstacles.

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5 FAVOURITE OUTDOOR AREAS FOR CHILDREN

Are you tired of taking your children to the same playground with rusty swings over and over again? Are you craving a different sight than the one of your local park? With a little a bit of research, I found out that the city provides many unsuspected opportunities for outdoor activities all year long. Here are my top 5 original ventures in some secluded and green corners of North West London.

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LET THE CHILDREN PLAY

Picture children climbing in the trees, drawing what they get inspired by, building sand castles or mucking around at the creek, immersed in their fantasy game. Peter Gray, Ph.D., research professor at Boston College, and author of Free to Learn and Psychology was invited this year to the Online Positive Parenting Conference hosted by Sumitha Bhandarkar, to speak about the need for children to have open, self-directed play. 

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