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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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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