Going Back to Basics Because Less Can Be More

When a thought leads to another and another and another… My SIL has two cats who are her babies. They are uncannily “human” in the way they behave and respond to her and to various familiar faces. In fact, they respond so appropriately that it seems at times like they understand what we’re saying when we talk to themContinue reading “Going Back to Basics Because Less Can Be More”

A Powerful Message for Our Children – “How to Succeed When You Have No Special Skills”

I have always loved these inspirational stories about parents who stumble on an activity that becomes their child’s passion… Like the 4 year old who makes paper dresses… That kid who reviews books on his own blog… The amazing kid who shoots “impossible” hoops… And then that kid goes on to become something amazing… AkianeContinue reading “A Powerful Message for Our Children – “How to Succeed When You Have No Special Skills””

Life Lessons: Religious Education

Children ask the most innocent question to subjects we are often ill-equipped to answer. As a result, I think it is often best to raise the topics ahead of time or at least prepare for them. I think the three toughest questions are: Life and death How babies are made Religion Well, we’ve covered theContinue reading “Life Lessons: Religious Education”

Character Building: The Value of Persistence

CoachMi wrote a blog post some time back about a topic that has been at the top of my mind for some time now: Tipping Points and Dips – the Value of Persistence. The point she raised, which I felt was an important one, was about teaching children the value of persistence. She talked aboutContinue reading “Character Building: The Value of Persistence”

Can We Help Our Children Live Life Passionately?

Sometime back I read about an experiment performed by Joshua Bell and the Washington Post to test whether the general public would recognise musical brilliance if it was played for them incognito in the morning rush hour of a DC subway. I forget the title of the book that made reference to it, but IContinue reading “Can We Help Our Children Live Life Passionately?”

Life Lessons: Inspiring Our Children to be Great

Since I started my little project of sending Gavin to as many different trial classes as possible, I have to confess my enthusiasm has waned considerably from the time that I conceived the idea. Despite how simple it sounds, the endeavour has been far more exhausting than I had envisaged. Spending the day at homeContinue reading “Life Lessons: Inspiring Our Children to be Great”

Recommended Reading List for Life Lessons: The Berenstain Bears

I was looking for some new books for Gavin when I stumbled across the Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain which I thought looked pretty good. Since I haven’t actually read them, I can’t really say if they really are good, but I have two books on order – Berenstain Bears visit theContinue reading “Recommended Reading List for Life Lessons: The Berenstain Bears”

Life Lessons: Let’s Talk About Sex

After all my “preparation” to talk about the Birds and the Bees, Gavin finally asked me where babies came from. I have always made it a point not to make up stuff that isn’t true because I don’t want to have to un-explain things to him when he’s old enough to understand he’s been toldContinue reading “Life Lessons: Let’s Talk About Sex”

More Books on Manners, Character Building, Values, and Life

When I first started hunting for books on character building that help to teach children values, I was rather disappointed that I couldn’t find much in the local bookshops.  Since then, I’ve managed to find a great series called “Help Me Be Good” by Joy Berry.  Unfortunately, it’s kind of expensive if you buy itContinue reading “More Books on Manners, Character Building, Values, and Life”

The Role of a Parent – Teaching Life's Lessons

Gavin appears to have developed a rather negative attitude towards difficult tasks and it is really starting to bug me.  I hate that he often says he can’t do things even before he’s given it a go.  In an effort to counter this negativity, I have been constantly talking to him about the importance ofContinue reading “The Role of a Parent – Teaching Life's Lessons”