Girls toys and boys toys experiment – very interesting eyeopener

There has been much discussion in recent years about girls and boys toys and clothing.  This short experiment from BBC illustrates it really well.  Volunteers were asked to simply play with a young child, but didn't know that the girls were dressed as boys and vice versa.  From a selection of toys, consistently, boys were …

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Research on parents and older children whose parents have separated

ARE YOU A PARENT WHO HAS EXPERIENCED SEPARATION?  ARE YOU AN OLDER ADOLESCENT OR YOUNG ADULT WHOSE PARENTS HAVE SEPARATED?  WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES?  Whether these were good, bad or indifferent, they are all important to developing understanding of how families get along together after divorce and separation. Shared care …

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Social media and oversharing: What children need to know

                  Have you posted something online or on social media only to regret it later? How about your child? Surprisingly, this frequently occurs as our society becomes increasingly connected with technology and social media. It’s easy to leave a passionate message about bad service at a restaurant …

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10 tips for new parents – but also useful for more experienced parents too!

I stumbled across this beautiful parenting video which shares 10 tips for new parents - but also useful for more experienced parents too! Beyond this blog, I also blog over at Zestee and am a social media & marketing teacher - one of the things I've been teaching my students there is how advertising is …

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Do your children have hobbies and talents? Look at this 9 year old!

My girls are now almost 6 and 8 and enjoy swimming and dancing.  This 9 year old has been studying martial arts for some time and is amazing to watch!!  I'm already finding it hard to deal with my youngest's temper tantrums when she doesn't get her own way, I'm not sure I'd want to …

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Do dads do things differently?

Do dads do things differently around the house?  This funny ad from GLAD about dad's first time alone with baby is worth a watch. https://youtu.be/eptIimg96qk   My husband is a lean engineer, meaning its his life's work to create and maintain efficiency.   Does he do that at home?  Well, in most cases I have …

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Children's Behaviour: What is normal?

For those of you in The Netherlands, we hold a monthly meeting in Delft and this month, our guest speaker was child psychologist, Jet Sichterman.  No matter where you are in the world, the information she shared is relevant to parents everywhere!  Read below for a summary. Here's Jet's introduction prior to the event: As …

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Five tips for travelling overseas with a baby and toddler

When our eldest daughter, Sophia, was five months old, we travelled from Amsterdam to Brisbane to start our "new life" there. That was our first experience of travelling overseas with a baby and was actually a much easier trip than we were expecting.  We managed to get a seat with a bassinet, she slept a …

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How many hours a week do you think a stay at home mum works?

Thanks to Yvette from The Creative Collective who posted this infographic on my Facebook wall today with the comment "You'll like this one Renee.  Though I reckon you do 120!".  She's spot on. Though the exact hours may be a little exaggerated but what both of us and almost every working moms/mums is aware of …

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