Opinion: Six Questions To Ask Your Child At The End Of Their Day

For a child to feel loved, they need to feel that their parents, and indeed any other adults they spend time with on a regular basis, take an active interest in their lives. Yet, adult lives are busy and stressful, and as a result, it’s all too Read More …

Opinion: Why TV Talent Shows Damage The Likelihood Of Children Leading Successful Lives (And What You Can Do About It)

Talent shows have always been a big hit, and today they occupy prime time slots on our most watched TV channels. They’re a network executive’s dream format. They’re cheap to produce, they’re wildly popular with adults and children alike, and many see them as good clean fun, Read More …

Opinion: The Importance Of Highlighting Social Norms (And Not Socially Unacceptable Behaviours)

Many parents like to pick out examples from every day life and use them to help teach their child things like right from wrong, and what types of behaviours and actions are acceptable and what are not. It seems like such a simple and logical Read More …

Online Resource: Character Lab

What Is It? Character Lab is an organisation and website that is dedicated to using science and evidence-based methods to mould critical characteristics in children and young adults to help them increase their likelihood of becoming happy and successful adults. It’s aim is to bring together Read More …

Online Resource: To Raise Brave Girls, Encourage Adventure (Ted Talk by Caroline Paul)

This is a thought-provoking Ted Talk by Caroline Paul that I consider a must-watch for parents of young girls. It discusses how you can raise girls who are willing to take on the world, rather than sit back and watch it passively pass them by. As the Read More …

Opinion: Ten Ways To Have A Positive Impact On A Child (No Matter How Much Time You Spend With Them)

Most people wish to have a positive impact on the children in their lives, but many assume that to do so takes a lot of time and effort. This means that they leave such things to others, such as their partners, parents or teachers. However, the science Read More …

Book Recommendation: Growth Mindset Pocketbook (2014)

A mindset is the way that a person’s brain assesses and responds to particular situations, and there are two basic types. These are a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Those with a fixed mindset believe that their ability to cope with situations and resolve problems are constrained Read More …

Parental Skill: Respecting Your Child’s Physical, Emotional And Mental Boundaries

Parents, quite rightly, wish to mould their children into the adults they’d like to see them become. However, such moulding needs to be done carefully or it can end up doing more harm than good. Why? Because, in their desire to steer their child in Read More …

Opinion: Words Are Cheap, So Give Your Child As Many Of Them As You Can

Having a good vocabulary is an essential skill for many areas in life. Some of these, such as reading, writing and academic success, will be relatively obvious, but this is not necessarily true for all of them. For example, having a good vocabulary is one of Read More …

Opinion: Children Vs Screen Time

Screens are everywhere these days, and many parents worry that their children are spending too much time looking at screens rather than interacting with the world around them, but how much screen time is too much? It would be nice if there was a simple, Read More …