Tag Archives: Parenting

Parenting styles – another look

In the last post I discussed four parenting styles (authoritarian, permissive, uninvolved and authoritative) based on the work of Baumrind [1, 2] and Maccoby and Martin [3]. While I think they can be quite useful, we also need to recognise … Continue reading

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Learning vs school education

Engaging children in their school is not the same as engaging children in learning. I’m a huge fan of families being engaged with schools but we also need to recognise that families can engage their children in learning in many … Continue reading

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Some weekend reading

Every Friday I post some links to articles, videos or other resources that caught my eye during the week. Some might be quite recent, but others might be older ones I revisited or only just discovered. They will mainly focus … Continue reading

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When is it OK for kids to walk home alone?

I was very interested in a recent news story from Maryland, USA which created headlines around the world, raising the issue of parental responsibilities. Parents, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv are still being investigated for allowing their children (aged 10 and … Continue reading

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Talking with children about the environment

When our children are babies, the focus of eco parenting (or green parenting) is how to be environmentally responsible as parents. As they grow older, we need to shift our focus to encouraging our kids to be environmentally aware and … Continue reading

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The paradox of inconsequence

In Eco Kids: Raising children who care for the Earth, Dan Chiras (2005) speaks of the paradox of inconsequence. As we go about our daily lives, many of us realise that there are serious environmental problems. However, for most of … Continue reading

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Sculpture by the Sea – involving the kids

Last weekend we took the kids to see Sculpture by the Sea – a wonderful sculpture exhibition at Bondi Beach. Taking children to this type of event can be challenging – it can be a long day and the kids … Continue reading

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Focusing more on families

I’ve started to focus more on families and parenting in my work and blogging. Environmental sustainability and working with communities will also continue to be an important focus. Over the last five years or so my work at the Family … Continue reading

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Being a father

When I received a phone call at 6:35 this morning I was greeted with the question “What’s your story?” My response was “I guess I’m like many fathers. I wasn’t particularly interested in kids, and didn’t really mind if I … Continue reading

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A garden sleepover

Our living room was invaded by 9 girls this week for a sleepover with kids from Kids’ Vegies on the Verge. It was noisy, chaotic and fun. It was also all about building community. The girls, ranging in age from … Continue reading

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