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Respectful parenting Archives - Page 2 of 8 - Adele Jarrett-Kerr
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CategoryRespectful parenting

Don’t wait to talk to your kids about sex


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My six year old asked me the other day whether men’s bodies store sperm or make it continually. She qualified the question by pointing out that she knew baby girls were born with all their eggs. As we talked we got on to the subject of what happens...

How do we smash gender stereotypes for our girl family?


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“Three girls! Poor dad!” Thanks, you’ve just told my children their dad wishes at least one of them were a boy. He doesn’t. “You have your hands full. Are they all…?” My eldest has started answering this...

How do we nurture our children’s self esteem?


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Every now and then I have one of those I-hope-I’m-getting-it-right moments. I had one of them last night in the kitchen, chatting with Laurence about awkward conversations I’ve had about home education recently. Home ed is an easy...

Finding “balance” and letting it go


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I’ve had the word “balance” on my mind a lot recently, probably because the concept has felt elusive for a long time. I try to grab hold of it by making the most of naptime and planning our days the day before, making sure we have...

When a second child becomes a toddler


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I can’t remember when exactly I started thinking of Talitha as a toddler rather than a baby. I look back to a visit home to Trinidad and Tobago when she was a fourteen-month-old flower girl in my brother’s wedding. I think I viewed her...

Breathe for connection


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“I can’t stop crying!” She’s told me this a lot recently. I generally don’t ask her to. Enough adults struggle to express their feelings. I’m one of them. But this time I needed her to stop crying. Ophelia had...

Start as you mean to go on?


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Laurence worked in London last week so it was my first time being alone with our two children for that length of time. I worried about it a little bit beforehand but then I got our diary all booked, worked out a game plan for staying on top of the...


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