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Tips for getting kids ready for back-to-school

As I look towards the end of the long, lazy July – August vacation, I typically feel a mix of emotions – apprehension at the resumption of early morning routines and traffic, mixed with relief and anticipation about getting the kids back into some semblance of routine and activities. So imagine how our children feel! […]

The Importance of Reading to Your Children

Building a Brighter Future Together As parents, we are often seeking ways to provide our children with the best opportunities for growth and development. While we focus on their physical health and educational milestones, it’s easy to overlook a simple yet powerful activity that can have a profound impact on their lives: reading to them. […]

Reaping the benefits of Family Rituals

In this digital age, it’s increasingly easy for family members to exist in their own silos, each one head down and absorbed in their device or tech. However, what may be lost is a sense of real connection within the family unit. This is why having family rituals is so important. But what are they? […]

Raising Resilient Youth

Raising resilient young people – using the 7 Cs I was recently struck by an article listing the top skills looked for by today’s employers – top among them are communication, leadership, teamwork, interpersonal, self-management and problem-solving skills. Yet, these have historically not been given nearly as much prominence in our schools’ syllabuses as the […]

How to Connect with Children

The skill of connection is a key foundational tool. It means letting children know that you are there for them and really care. Children feel connected to you when they feel listened to, taken seriously and are respectfully involved in problem solving in an age-appropriate manner, so they feel a sense of power over their […]

The Importance of Family Mealtimes

I recently came across the Family Dinner Project (https://thefamilydinnerproject.org), a non-profit organization committed to bringing back the magic of regular family mealtimes. The truth is that for many of us, technology and our busy lives have eroded our mealtimes, meaning that family members often eat on different schedules, passing like ships in the night. It’s […]

Managing Screen Time

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN Tips for taking back control of your digital devices. One thing about the COVID19 pandemic is that it made us more comfortable with the digital world. We used it to connect with our loved ones, to access learning and education, to work virtually and to keep up to […]

The Purple Fence

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin)   So, a few years ago, of course before the pandemic, I was on a small expedition cruise in Canada with a few friends. It was a boat cruise with an expedition vessel where every day we were docked at a different island and we had a […]

Becoming a more present parent

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN   I used to be a big believer in the power of multitasking, declaring myself an expert at juggling many things at the same time, a sort of supermom if you will. As I journeyed into parenting however, I realized that in these moments I wasn’t truly present. […]

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