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Should children be told not to talk to strangers?

A general view among child safety advocates is that children should be discouraged from talking with strangers. This message is regularly announced (and generally unopposed) in today’s culture with ‘stranger danger’ messages becoming part of modern parlance.  In other...

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To go up to the school – or not?

By Michael Hawton, Child Psychologist (MAPS) and Parentshop founder. If you’ve had a child at school for more than a few years, chances are that there have been times when you have considered whether to go up to the school about an issue that is affecting your child. ...

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Not Every Act of Meanness is Bullying

One of our jobs is to help children and young people to interpret events proportionally. However, in recent times, I have seen a shift involving the wrong application of words like trauma, depression and bullying. When these very meaningful words are misused, their...

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Too much praise is not a good thing

By Michael Hawton, MAPS. I have been asked to comment on whether we are praising our children too much, and I believe that we are. When parents heap praise on their child, by responding every time he or she does something mundane, they can easily get drawn into a...

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Problem solving – without Google!

How to incorporate funcraft and educational learning in the home… By Michael Hawton, Parentshop It’s time to shut off the screen, step away from the iPad and look at new (or should I say old-school) ways of educating children through funcraft and games. While it may...

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