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Stories, thought and articles on children and families from Asher.

May 19, 2017

When you are your parent’s first child life is generally pretty wonderful. The whole world literally revolves around you. Every adult seems to respond to your beck and call, every toy and book in the household is yours and every mealtime is based around your culinary and dietary requirements. And then you have a sibling. […]

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March 6, 2017

I once heard an entertainer talk about his taste in music. As he spoke, he remarked that his friends often criticised him for only listening to pop music and not listening to more “cultured” music like jazz or classical. The entertainer explained that he would say to his friends that he had tried, on numerous […]

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January 19, 2017

I recently completed a blog for Compassion Australia on how to teach your children about poverty in a way that both promotes empathy and does not traumatise your child. Hopefully you find the link thought provoking. In an ever-shrinking world I believe that this is an issue that we need to be prepared to help our […]

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October 19, 2016

Should we fight in front of the kids? This is a great question and probably one that every parent has discussed at some point. Anyone who has felt the burning of their children’s eyes or the sudden thunder of their silence as they have a heated argument with their partner in the kitchen understands the […]

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August 31, 2016

If you are a parent of young children then you have probably spent hours sitting along the edges of a heavily chlorinated pool filled with youngsters while your little one learns how to swim. Living on the coast our family spends hours in the ocean year round. However, the importance of swimming lessons in order […]

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June 24, 2016

Emily has a pet dragon. Her dragon is purple with light blue wings. Emily’s dragon is so big you cannot begin to imagine how big it is, but it also goes to school with her in her schoolbag. Emily’s dragon eats all of the fruit in her lunchbox even though Emily’s teacher has caught Emily […]

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May 24, 2016

The other week our family did a large grocery shop. With more bags than we had arms we grabbed an empty cardboard fruit box from the supermarket shelves and piled our groceries inside in order to carry everything back to our car. Two weeks later the groceries were long gone but that cardboard box remained. […]

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May 9, 2016

Anybody who has a child has lived through this scenario before. Your child reaches for a toy at the same time as another child. For a second they lock eyes and then you will mostly likely to be treated to one of three possible scenarios. Your child rips the toy from the other child’s grasp […]

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March 14, 2016

On the surface you would never know that I had this problem. You see, I am terrified of skydiving. I have never been sky diving and chances are that if you tried to get me on a plane to go sky diving my reaction would be similar to that of my cat’s when I decided […]

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January 15, 2016

Recently, a friend of mine came over for dinner. Excited to have company my social 3 year-old was allowed to say up for an extra 10 minutes or so past his bedtime so that he could have a chat to our friend. Having only recently turned 3 my little boy held up his chubby fingers […]

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