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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WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW

If you are not going to read any parenting book and decided to solely rely on your instincts or listen to your mom, I still advise you to skim and scan What every parent needs to know by Margot Sunderland. It is a practical guide that enables new parents to make informed decisions on child-rearing, using the most up-to-date scientific research in neuroscience and psychology.

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ABC FOR NEW MUMS IN LONDON

If you see these women in sporty leggings and Nike trainers vigorously walking in London parks, pushing from one hand their Bugaboo buggy and holding in the other hand a takeaway Starbucks coffee, you have come across the new generation of mums. Don’t be fooled by their laid-back contemporary style (wild hair bun, sunglasses, chunky scarf), these girls are quick-witted on planning their new life with baby.

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THE EXPAT DIARIES: FAMILY POLITICS

Expat is a common lifestyle choice among young adults of the millennial generation. But no matter how thrilling it is to discover a new culture and establish yourself in a new country, “coming home” always feels so comforting… When a child comes into the picture though, things can get a little messy, if not completely hectic. Family reunions then become a delicate balancing act where mastering the skill of diplomacy gets inescapable.

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