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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,...

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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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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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Helping Teenagers learn about Responsibility

We all make mistakes. How we deal with them is the important part. When teenagers do silly things such as taking over someone else’s empty house for a heavy drinking, drugs, vandalising party, it seems like the perfect opportunity to help them understand about accountability and responsibility. A strict autocratic...

Websites – Blogs – Downloads

  There is no shortage of parenting sites available on the internet and it is easy to get overwhelmed.  Here is my personal go to selection. It will keep growing as I discover more useful resources, so keep checking in.           DR JANE NELSEN has written and...

East and West – Motherhood around the World

Becoming a parent is a journey of self discovery, influenced by who we are and where we are. In her column “Motherhood around the World” Joanna Goddard, shares the points of view of American mothers on how the country they are living in influences the way they bring up their...

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Could Empathy be the Best Cure for Tantrums?

When a child looses control of her emotions and throws a tantrum, it often triggers a sense of helplessness in the parent who may be at a loss as to what to do with the screaming child. The cause of the meltdown can seem so futile to us that it...

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Games to Play at the Park

There are few good days in Beijing, so when the sun shines and the air seems clean, we all want to drop everything and go to a park!  It is a wonderful opportunity to show our children that we enjoy spending time playing with them, so put your phone on...

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Hug Them While You Can

Raising a child is the most difficult task in the World.  It may be really challenging at times, but it goes by quickly and when the children are grown up there is no going back. It is therefore important to do the best we can at all times, so that...

Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE   by Jane Nelsen   For twenty-five years, Positive Discipline (inspired by renown psychologists Adler and Dreikurs) has been the standard reference for adults working with children.  Jane Nelsen,  psychologist, educator, mother and grandmother, has written many books on the subject (some co-authored with Lynn Lott). The key...

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Parenting a High School Senior

First Term of Senior Year: At this time of year students are already under much pressure, particularly if they have to combine college applications deadlines on top of all the IB homework.  There are tears, sleepless nights, angry outbursts, discouragement, exhaustion, mood swings, and soooo much more to do.  It...

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“Character Counts. Can It Be Taught?”

Dr. Hardin Coleman – Dean and Professor at Boston University’s School of Education –  spoke at the Western Academy of Beijing. In his presentation “Character counts. Can it be taught?” he emphasized the need for communities to work together to best educate children. All of us, adults, parents or teachers, should attempt...

The 6 most important decisions you'll ever make

The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make

THE 6 MOST IMPORTANT DECISIONS YOU’LL EVER MAKE – A GUIDE FOR TEENS by Sean Covey The challenges teens face today are tougher than at any time in history: academic stress, parent communication, media bombardment, dating drama, abuse, bullying, addictions, depression, and peer pressure, just to name a few. And,...