Are we damaging our kids’ academic results?

Are we damaging our kids’ academic results?

As our kids get older, the exams they take and their academic performance can determine their whole life outcomes. That’s scary. But new research shows that wanting them to do too well can actually have the opposite effect, and make them do badly. Research published by the American Psychological Association

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A Change In Holidays

We tell our kids that the holidays are about spending time with family. But, at the end of the day, don’t we focus we more on the traditions the holidays have assigned to them, than the actual time spent together? This actually changes. When are children are away for months

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Role Models Don’t Quit

Role Models Don’t Quit

A couple months ago, I talked about how your kids leaving home isn’t that bad. In that post, we talked about staying busy. We talked about following some before-I-die dream. We also talked about the idea of this gaping hole that is created when your kid leaves home. The reality

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Becoming THAT Parent

Becoming THAT Parent

I made a deal with my daughter when I bought her a car. SHE was responsible for everything. So, when I was borrowing her car and realized the registration was out of date, I didn’t quite handle it smoothly. Back Up A Tick Raising her, I was very adamant that

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  • Feeding teenagers | How to grow a tall man

Feeding teenagers | How to grow a tall man

Feeding teenage boys lots of calories can help you to grow a tall man – genetics permitting. Getting food right for boys can affect their height. My youngest kid is 13 and has taken up football. Some parents have asked me: “How comes he’s so tall – are there giants in

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When Your Kid Leaves Home

When Your Kid Leaves Home

When you’re used to having your kids around all the time and suddenly they’re living at college, it’s a huge change for both kids and their parents. I joked recently about all the positives about your kids going off to school – though some of them weren’t really jokes. Most

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  • Long term relationships and how to survive them

Long term relationships and how to survive them

Is this about to become the biggest mis-selling scandal ever? When couples get together both of them tend to be romantic, good listeners, affectionate, cheerful, patient. They book romantic dinners and mini-breaks and put it all on the credit card. Anything to please. Then as time goes on and you might

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  • How you feel dropping your kid at university

How you feel dropping your kid at university

If your children are young, this will seem like a crazy thought. Hey, one day they’ll be off living on their own. But in what seems like the time it takes to drink a coffee and have a pee, the years are standing behind you waving, and your child is ready

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  • Should we criminalise kids for sexting?

Should we criminalise kids for sexting?

A case hit the news last week about a 14 year old boy in the UK who sent a naked photograph of himself to a girl at school. The girl captured the photo and distributed it around her school. Teachers got wind of it, and called the police. The boy

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Results Day and Facebook – Be a bit kind

Hearing back from my friends whose kids got exam results, some have been a bit amazed (read angry) at how other parents have been asking them on Facebook how their kids did? Not everyone wants to share that information, especially if the grades were unexpected. Even the children in the

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