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Teach Your Child How to Think by Edward De Bono

There are so many books on the market which purport to be able to teach you how to teach your child to think. Unfortunately many of these books are something akin to Chinese Whispers – the ideas that they aren telling you aren’t anything original. They are simply taking a spin on somebody else’s work… Read more »

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The only two questions you need to ask at a Parent Teacher Interview

It’s been noticed that I haven’t really written anything education related for a while. So with many parents about to have parent-teacher interviews soon, I thought now was an about time to write something.  Tis the season for parent-teacher interviews! They’re often conducted anywhere from pre-school to year 12, and while I’m sure there will be… Read more »

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Teaching Children About War and ANZAC Day

Tomorrow is ANZAC day. We all have different perspectives about war and the special days set aside as a time of remembrance. But no matter what your views, at some point you will be asked some fairly tough questions by your ever curious children. So how do you explain something as complex as war, let… Read more »

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Death threats are not usually something you’d expect to receive as an author, but this was Amy Chua‘s reality after the Wall Street Journal published an excerpt from her book ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’. It is possibly the most controversial book relating to modern parenting. When it was published in 2011, heated discussion… Read more »

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Bringing Up Bébé

When I ask French parents how they discipline their children, it takes them a few beats just to understand what I mean, “Ah, you mean how do we educate them?” they ask. “Discipline,” I soon realise, is a narrow, seldom-used category that deals with punishment. Whereas “educating” (which has nothing to do with school) is… Read more »