Category Archives: Educational

Podcast: How Early Experiences Affect Who You Become

I had a wonderful time chatting with Emily Giles from ‘Untaming Podcasts’, for a series called: ‘Rewild the CHild’. From the sublime to the comical, from the personal to the political, we unpacked ‘body-memory’; how our childhood experiences influence our relationships: … Continue reading

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Today’s parenting is tomorrow’s politics

When we ask why a nation behaves the way it does, the first question we should ask is: “how have children been treated there?”    In 2011, I published a thumbnail sketch of the state of childhood in USA. By … Continue reading

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Change Childhood and you Change the World

Great news from researchers! Sometimes legislation can change culture, and transform a society for the better. When a country bans all corporal punishment of children, soon afterwards there is a drop in youth violence rates. Ban corporal punishment and we … Continue reading

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My Podcast on Uplift – Raising Children for a Peaceful Future

I was thrilled to be invited to the Uplift studio at Mullumbimby, NSW, for this lively dialogue with Chip Richards. Sharing it with you: here it is! Alternatively you can click in via iTunes, here. – and select “Raising Children for … Continue reading

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Listen-in on the Thriving Family Summit

What happens when there is too much information, and not enough realness? We end up feeling guilty and stuck. We don’t need ‘experts’ as much as we need open-ness. As a parent-educator and writer I don’t get asked this often … Continue reading

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Science smacks the smack

I wonder how much more science we are going to need. Is this enough yet? Half a century of research studies, over 160,000 children studied around the world. There is no safe level. Even a bit of a smack is harmful for … Continue reading

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Pediatrics ramps up support for BF and co-sleeping

In their newest policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (largest in the world) has just issued its strongest statement yet, in support of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, and sleeping with baby very close by. Both breastfeeding and … Continue reading

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My Talk on Neurosocial Evolution

…presented at the UNICEF Baby-Friendly-Initiative Conference, Harrogate, UK, November 2015. Take a bit of neuropsychology, some anthropology, a pinch of epigenetics, a dollop of psychohistory, a dash of attachment research and a soupçon of learning theory, blend the mixture and … Continue reading

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My new Music Video: “Exam Nation” –

Right 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 … Continue reading

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Fathering transforms fathers – new study

Attend 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 … Continue reading

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