PARENTING EAST WEST

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Morning Chaos or How to get to School on Time

    It’s back to school season! I am always sad to see the end of the holidays, but I also like that time of year because it is an opportunity to make new resolutions and to set new routines in place.   Morning routines tend to be chaotic for most families and unfortunately,...

TEDx | Le pouvoir de la vulnérabilité

Une des conférences TED les plus intéressantes que j’ai écouté récemment. Brene Brown est chercheuse à l’université de Houston. Elle travaille depuis des années sur des thèmes passionnants, encore peu explorés. Elle traite des sujets sensibles et inhabituels tels que: le courage et la honte, l’authenticité et la vulnérabilité. Dans cette conférence...

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J’arrête de râler sur mes enfants {et mon conjoint}

Christine Lewicki et Florence Leroy Le stress de la vie de tous les jours est parfois difficile à gérer et nous avons tous un nombre infini de bonnes raisons de râler. Le problème de la râlerie est que, bien qu’elle donne l’impression de soulager certaines tensions sur le moment, souvent...

TEDx Lyon|Education positive – le droit de se tromper

Dans sa conférence sur l’Education Positive dans le cadre de TEDx Lyon, Claire Blondel partage ses impressions sur le système scolaire français où la règle qui prévaut semble être: ‘Il est interdit de se tromper’. Elle se base sur l’exemple de ses filles qui, ayant commencé leur scolarité dans des...

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Kids in the House – video resources

Kids in the House is an educational website that contains the largest parenting video library in the world. It was set up for parents who do not have much time to read all the books they wish to read (that is most of us) and still want to find that...

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Choosing the right school

Choosing the right school is a daunting process. All parents are in search of the best place for their children. This is evident in the number of parents who attend the annual Beijing Kids School Fair each Spring or any other fair around the World for that matter. I remember moving to a...

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Living in Beijing – Guide for New Families

New to Beijing?  Welcome!  The expat community is extremely supportive and there is no doubt you will quickly make some very good friends. Whatever your worries and your fears, it is likely that someone has experienced the exact same thing before you. Frustrations are normal so do not be afraid to...

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Are mobile devices hurting parent-child relationships?

‘Mum…?’ ‘Mmm.’ ‘Mum!……’ ‘Mmhmm…’ ‘Mum I can’t believe you are using your phone at the table when you never allowed us to use our game boys at the table!’ ‘Oh sorry! Yes but…I am not playing here…I just need to check something.’   My daughter is right. When handheld video...

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Online Reading is Altering Our Ability to Read Books

The human brain is adapting to the internet. We are getting used to skimming, scanning, picking out words, scrolling and jumping to the next page. Our eye movements are learning to move in a non linear fashion in order to gather the most information quickly. Before the internet we read...

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Holiday Project for Bad Weather Days

Food and flags seem a good combination for an afternoon of fun and connection with your children. If you cannot find your country’s flag below, make it up! NATIONAL FLAGS MADE FROM EACH COUNTRY’S TRADITIONAL FOODS As part of a promotion for the Sydney International Food Festival, the advertising agencyWHYBIN\TBWA designed 18...

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When our Children leave Home for Good

Somehow when our daughters were growing up, discussing the future had always implied the years ahead for all of us together. We moved to China together for one more adventure ‘en famille – before the girls would go off to university’ but somehow the reality of what would happen afterwards...