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Body safety education keeping kids safe from sexual abuse

Body safety education keeping kids safe from sexual abuse

The ‘Parent-Ripple Effect’ When my three daughters were little I taught them simple Body Safety. I taught them that their body was their body and no-one had the right to touch it. I also told them that if someone ever did touch them in a way that made them feel bad or uncomfortable, that they must tell me (or a trusted adult) straight away. Teaching this message was natural for me, just as natural as teaching water and road safety. It was with some surprise that I learnt not all parents teach these skills to their children. And what was ...

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Mobile Apps: The traps you should know about

Mobile Apps: The traps you should know about

We live in amazing times, where there is quite literally an app for everything. Some apps are great time savers, some help you to solve problems, others are there for a bit of fun, and some, like games, can become quite addictive, so you need to be careful with managing your time. Whilst there are some amazing apps available, it is critical to understand some important details regarding your privacy, the information that you provide the app and other traps.  We encourage you to have fun and explore, but you need to have a knowledge and understanding about where things ...

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Boundaries that don’t “invite” my child to break them (Or see me as a dictator/losing face)

Boundaries that don’t “invite” my child to break them  (Or see me as a dictator/losing face)

Setting boundaries with teens and younger childen that your child will keep and you as the parent can enforce, is one of the biggest challenges facing parents today.  These handy tips may assist to keep you all on track:   1.     Have the kids help with setting boundaries Instead of just dictating certain boundaries to your child, you may find that if they are involved in their conception, they will then find them easier to adhere to and live by.   2.     Have them written down Gather as a family and write them down.  Allow each family member to contribute one ...

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Learning about money: Successfully teaching its value to my child who thinks it grows on trees

Learning about money: Successfully teaching its value to my child who thinks it grows on trees

And just like that, you wondered what happened? Your child is asking for this toy, that game, and wanting expensive, brand name clothes. Happiness researchers say that spending money on others makes us feel good. But spending in what capacity?   Nothing in life is free Next time you go to a store with your child, avoid succumbing to his unrelenting attempt to get him the latest toy, game, or expensive piece of clothing. You may think that buying him a toy to bribe him in order “to be good in the store” is going to be the answer. The ...

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Social media, teens/tweens, exams & first jobs

Social media, teens/tweens, exams & first jobs

At around the time your teen is old enough to get their first job (usually High School) they are undergoing many changes, physically, mentally & emotionally. Added into the mix of the challenges facing them is the “always” on technology that comes with the use of mobile phones, iPads and computers.  To help prepare your teen for the stress of study/exams and jobs it is important to plan early. Making a few changes and encouraging a respectful family environment will provide your teen with confidence, and at the same time, it teaches your other children the importance of respecting other ...

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