Bullying is rife and not something new in our schools. Often parents and teachers minimise this problem either because they are not sure how to deal with it effectively or they do not comprehend the severity of the impact this may have on a child’s overall development.Read the rest of this post.
What has always interested me most about bullying is who is bullying the bully? Bullying is never just a cut and dried case of this child here is the bully and that child there is the victim. In fact, it is very much a group dynamic. In 90% of cases of bullying you will find other children either standing by and not doing anything to help the ‘victim’ or actively participating in the bullying along with the ‘ringleader’ of the problem.Read the rest of this post.
Remember back when we were ‘young’ and break-up day was a good thing?
These days, I dread it. Largely because, unlike my toddler, I’m not on holiday for the next three weeks – and she still needs to be entertained. …So what’ve I been doing? I’ve been frantically booking off an afternoon here and a morning there, to schlep her off to places that will stimulate, excite and (okay, I’m being honest now) tire her sufficiently to allow me to work for the rest of that day.Read the rest of this post.
Winter holidays are here and a great venue to take the kids to is the Montecasino Bird Gardens. We took advantage of my father visiting and decided to take my (just turned) two year old along.
I was in two minds whether to take the stroller or not, but in the end I was glad that I did. Little ones get tired of walking and adults get tired of carrying!Read the rest of this post.
We forget sometimes that wonderful events, like a new arrival in the family, can also be pretty stressful. If you look at the scale of life’s most stress-inducing events, the arrival of a new baby is up there with death in the family, divorce and losing a job. And often the one who feels this the most is the older sibling of the new arrival. So how can we help them to cope with this world-changing adaptation to their family?Read the rest of this post.
I’m absolutely horrified by the number of children now on severely mind-altering drugs. Did you know that the fastest growing market for both Ritalin and Prozac is pre-school aged children? Why are our children depressed? Why is nobody looking into the underlying causes before medicating?Read the rest of this post.
GE RESTRICTION: [PG-13]
I’d pay attention to the restriction, this is a pretty violent and gory film.
Aliens? Check. Explosions? Check. Action? Check. Interesting premise? Check. Compelling character story and development? Um … a bit? Logical well thought out exposition of the narrative? Ja … well, you can’t have it all.