Fathering transforms fathers – new study

father-and-baby-sleepingAttend the birth of your baby, and even if you are standing several feet away, as a Dad you get a high dose of oxytocin, the hormone of love. What a rush. And now, a new study reveals that if you sleep near your baby, your testosterone levels drop. Now you know why you have been feeling more sensitive, more caring, more protective, more responsive – all round a better bloke. By the way, this drop in testosterone does not make you less of a stud, so, don’t fret. But to get these hormonal changes, you need to get close. Just close enough, and your baby transforms you, your brain chemistry, your heart, your everything. Magic. Feeling a bit academic about this? OK. You can check it all out HERE.

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Nigeria bans female genital mutilation – the whole world benefits

1434915652_263e6e799c_zJust because it is ancient does not mean it is good. Just because it is cultural does not mean it is healthy or that we have to tolerate it. So when the government of Nigeria, one of the world’s largest female mutilators lifts human rights higher than culture, this is a time to rejoice. Child genital mutilation is a hallmark of patriarchal, warlike custom. And although policing and enforcing this new ruling will be sketchy, national disapproval makes a difference. Old patriarchal structures disappeared just a little bit more, with this new ruling. The whole world will feel the ripples, the whole world just moved just a little bit closer to peace.

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Conversations on Empathy – and how to pass it forward

empathyPrepare a cup of your favorite tea. Recline in your favorite chair. Hop online, and listen-in for free. Two enjoyable online chats, with Edwin Rutsch from the Centre for Building a Culture of Empathy, in San Francisco.

How can we each and every one of us contribute to the evolution of a far more empathic global society? What really is empathy, anyway?

To join us, here is the link.  Enjoy!

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Help wanted: Can you make movies?

kid-director-440x360Dear friends: I am working on a small project that has reached a crowd-sourcing stage – and I am looking for someone who would like to join me. I am recording a song I wrote to give encouragement to all young people who are doing their HSC or other final exams. The song is a lot of fun, it is tongue-in-cheek, and it aims to bring cheer and ‘mojo’ to the young heroes who are working so hard for their vocational journey. I have assembled some kick-ass musos to back me, this thing rocks!

I need someone (or someoneS!) who can help me make a music-video (filming and editing) so we can post this to YouTube in time for student vacations this year (early September 2015). It doesn’t need to be super-profesh, just made with love. The idea is to have a ball over one weekend, and produce a punchy little video that will make them laugh and help them feel our (all the parents’) support behind them. I have already started to story-board it.

So……know anyone who can do this, who has a good-enuff camera, bit of editing savvy, some kids they want to encourage, and who wants to join me in this little project? You? Your cousin?           I would love to hear from you!        robingrille@gmail.com

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Parenting Seminar in Woollahra, Sydney – May 2015

cooking-with-kids_612“Getting your Child to do Stuff – a psychobabble-free look at what really motivates children”

When: 7pm Thursday 14th May 2015

Where: Holdsworth Community, Woollahra

Bookings and Enquiries: familyservices@holdsworth.org.au

 

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Two more nations ban corporal punishment of children!

sos-mother-child-beninCongratulations to the West African nation of Benin, the newest country to protect their children under the law, in January 2015. Andorra also banned the smack, in December 2014.

The countdown: 48 nations have banned, 47 more have committed to the process. At the current rate of change, assuming there will be no acceleration, we can expect a global de-legitimization of violence against children, in the next 20 years or so.

What if we defined ‘developed’ nations not in terms of industrialization, but in terms of civilized treatment of children? That would mean we have 95 developed nations, 105 under-developed nations. In which category is your country?

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Heart-to-Heart Parenting events back in New Zealand, April-May 2015

cooking-with-kids_612I love presenting my workshops to Kiwi parents in Aotearoa, so pleased to be back again – this time as the guest of NZ Parents Centres.

The topic: my new seminar. “How to get your kids to do stuff – a psychobabble-free look at what really motivates children”

Where: Carterton, Palmerston North, and Hawkes Bay.

Contact for dates, bookings and enquiries: Renee Barbour palmnthpc@gmail.com

Also, you can click HERE

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Building is going Green – and you can help

9-2482094-lbn110914house01_t620I am amazed by what my friend Deborah Preston has achieved in a few years, with her Green Building Centre in Byron Bay Australia.  Deb is a leader in making the building trade healthy; for families, tradespeople, humanity, the environment.

The products (paints, finishes, and much more) are so exciting, affordable, durable, beautiful – and super-healthy!

I feel this is one the most crucial aspects of a necessary shift to a sustainable world. The Green Building Centre has entered a crowd-funding stage in order to grow its potential extensively. Our communities need this change! I have joined in, and contributed to this project. You might like to as well! Interested? See what it is all about HERE.

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Free podcast: how emotional wellbeing can change the world

mini-bigstock-Little-child-in-headphones-iso-18350522This was an interview that Tara Darlington just did with me, for Blogtalk Radio.

Enjoy!   CLICK HERE

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Incredible Youth Leaders!

maxresdefaultYou won’t believe what these teenaged activists are accomplishing. Wow! Powerful youth! Knowledgeable. Feisty. Assertive. Peaceful. Courteous. Eloquent. Passionate. Big-hearted. And effective!  And this is starting to be an international trend. I was stunned to discover how successful these adolescent activists (youth leaders) have already been in forcing big changes in legislation, culture, lifestyle and community.

And, unlike the youth activists of the sixties, this is not about dropping out and dropping pills. This new youth movement is about passion, assertion, non-violence, and KNOWLEDGE.     It is impossible not to listen.      I feel so humbled, so inspired.  And so moved: not to flatter them, but rather, I feel obligated to stand with them. To join them. This is THEIR world.      Check this out, you will be blown away:  CLICK HERE

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