Ireland bans all corporal punishment

vinci-5-notti-in-Irlanda-concorso-BB-IrelandThis nation just keeps getting more amazing! Number 47 to ban the corporal punishment of children. Gay marriage, freedom to divorce, no punishment of children…I want to do some Justice Tourism in Ireland! It is exciting to see this long oppressed nation flourishing in this way, and leading the world. I will definitely drink a pint of Guinness to toast the fair green island. (And may it please the Universe, I hope to set foot on Irish soil one day. Music pilgrimage!)

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Somalia ratifies the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child!

idpsgreetusg-somaliaThat is it! That is the whole world! A new era is dawning for children.

But wait…not yet.

Just one single country remains. Just one. One country, where Police are allowed into schools to discipline the children. Where most childbirth facilities still allow artificial infant formula companies to tell mothers how to feed their babies. Where teachers are still allowed to paddle students on their buttocks, with a bat.

What country is that? What is your guess?

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My new Music Video: “Exam Nation” -

gradsRight now Australian high school students are preparing for their final exams, the end of a 12 year journey. I wrote this song for them, and really for all students around the world.

My song says this: you have a human right to enjoy the work you do, to express your unique talents and gifts in your own special way.

And…….what if? WHAT IF??? What if you can HAVE FUN while you work?

I hope you enjoy my song, here it is. 

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Parenting Workshop Series in Mona Vale NSW, October 2015

cartoon famAn inspiring 3 part workshop series on raising healthy happy families

#1` The Power and Magic of Listening 
How to help your children to put their BIG emotions into words, so they can connect, and find calm.
Friday October 9th – 6:30pm-8:30pm

#2 Setting Boundaries – without Punishment, Shaming or Manipulation 
How to speak so your child will listen to you, and trust you.
Friday October 16th – 6:30pm-8:30pm

#3 Helping your children to heal from emotional wounds
Simple and powerful steps to help our children heal from the wounds and disappointments life sometimes brings. How do we help our children to grow and move through?
Friday 23rd October  – 6:30pm-8:30pm

Times: Held from 6.30 – 8.30 pm over a series of Friday evenings

Venue: Yoga and Health Collective – Mona Vale NSW

Bookings (essential!) and Enquiries: 9997 2121

Cost: All 3 workshops $99
Choice of any 2 workshop $ 77
Choice of any one workshop $44

All prices inclusive of GST


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Open Day – and free parenting talk

yoga-girl-drawingAll are welcome at the Open Day for the “Yoga & Health Foundation”. It is going to be a festive occasion at the beautifully revitalized and transformed centre.

Free yoga, free massage, free informative talks, including a brief parenting talk by me: “Dealing with your Child’s Big Emotions” (at 1:15PM)

When: Saturday 18th July 2015, all day!!

Where: level 1, 2 Bungan St, Mona Vale (NSW, Australia)

More info: contact 02-9997 2121

I look forward to seeing you there!

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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!

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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:


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