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Children - their care, education and overcoming poverty.


Themes related to Children include education, bullying, psychology, and poverty,



recent Children posts

Smiling at the Child Inside - poems of kindness v defensiveness

Smiling at the Child Inside  poem of kindness v defensiveness  The stubborn man, tectonic jowls.  No words can melt his frigid scowls.  Abandon speech, and thinking mind  I'm smiling at the child inside,  Then digging for the heart that beats.  Look - shining eyes! The concrete creaks ...  ©  @pjforguk www.pjf.org.uk tags: poems, kindness, smile, children, psychology, stubborn,

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kindness and empathy in children's education

kindness is healing and contagious.  It costs nothing to give, and is precious to receive. Empathy and kindness work wonders, and benefit from practice. The more you give, the more you have. True Givers Revolution empathy and kindness in children's education As a tweet: #kindness is #healing and #contagious. http://blog.pjf.org.uk/2018/01/

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How Art Therapy Helps Children With Mental Health and Communication Issues

For a child with limited language skills, opening up about their feelings can be almost impossible. That’s where art therapy comes in. It uses activities, such as painting, to help children understand and discuss thoughts they may find distressing. Mary­-Rose Brady, director of operations at the British Association of Art Therapists explains:

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When new cars TV holidays leave you empty

When Albert first renovated an old car - when he was still in his teens - he felt an immense sense of freedom. Even then insurance was a ripoff, so he only used it for late summer - July through September. The only experience that matched it for liberty was later, when he lived "off grid", as it were, in a caravan - no rent, no services, close to nature. Slowly, some would say inexorably, the

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children, climate change, exercise, fiction, funny, leadbyexample, satire, votewithyourwallet, wholeness, wisdom,
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Politics for a mature species ...

Protecting the working class from the pathologically wealthy (the 1%) is a fairly obvious political goal, but having seen several people switch camps (1% to other 1%, and vice versa) due to their changing circumstances, the rational conclusion is that human nature is vulnerable to both temptations, and is either unaware of its own selfish psychology, uses escape mechanisms to suppress the truth

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Parenting in the UK

There has been very distressing news in the national newspapers. Despite initiatives by government to provide pre-school classes and social workers, it seems more than half of the nation's five year old children begin school lacking the most basic skills.  For example being able to hold a pencil or communicate in comprehensible English. Poverty and cuts have been blamed, but how much does it

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children, corporations, debt, education, fast food, love, mass media, matrix, poverty, Social media,
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Where inspiration comes from, and how to destroy it

It is amazing how much clearer the world looks from the top of a hill (or a castle), and it strikes me that both locations are symbolic for that reason. I was particularly thinking of WALKING up a hill, but just walking has the desired effect, provided it is far enough from the madding crowd ... Trying to solve a problem whilst walking seems a bad idea for me - I'm likely to trip over my own

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art therapy, children, education, exercise, intuition, leadbyexample, meditation, psychology, wisdom,
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alcohol damaging children in UK

300,000 children in the UK severely affected by parental alcohol problems. 3,000,000 live with some alcohol problems. And it never makes the news or the political agenda. I wonder why ... denial? http://www.nacoa.org.uk/ #URNotAlone tags: children, alcohol, health, education, denial

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The Passport is in the Heart

A Syrian mother by the bed her bandaged daughter weak but bright her limbs are broken, wounds are red but she is blessed with perfect sight Military plots obsessed with power accountants counting: number rules cost and benefit, profit and greed the numbers numb the minds of fools The child is data, her mother too advisers counsel, “it’s not much - collateral damage, life is thus” denial

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psychology, consciousness, ego in very young children

As I often say - Nothing can penetrate the institutional mind, more specifically, its preconceptions. Fortunately, psychology scientists have decided to test the assumption that pre-school children are very bad at hiding because they they are egocentric - they often just cover their eyes when asked to hide. The new research shows that they also believe that THEY can't see another if the

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DIY projects education for children

TED Resident Fawn Qiu designs fun, low-cost projects that use familiar materials like paper and fabric to introduce engineering to kids. In this quick, clever talk, she shares how nontraditional workshops like hers can change the perception of technology and inspire students to participate in creating it.  easy_diy_projects_for_kid_engineers   Educational video to inspire creative

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gluten-free diet only recommended for the few

There have been many reports today highlighting the fad of serving gluten-free foods to children, as though gluten is a poison. It isn't, unless you have coeliac disease. More common is wheat intolerance, and people with this condition may have to rely on 'gluten free' flour, because 'wheat free' doesn't advertise! All flours and processed foods carry risks of elevated glycemic index, especially

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peanut allergy in children

(diet, children, allergy, peanuts, wellbeing) Further research reported today has supported previous findings that early exposure to peanuts reduces the risk of developing an allergy to peanuts. Part of the problem is that parents live in a state of  'food fear' and may be over protective. If a child lives for the first several years of its life without ever consuming 'suspect' foods, then it

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organic food for childrens health

A new scientific study from UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health, shows that organic food can substantially lower pesticide exposure in children from low-income families in both urban and rural areas. But traces of pesticides are higher than in previous studies involving middle-income, suburban children, suggesting that kids from cities and farming communities

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Your Baby and Child - Penelope Leach

Highly recommended by my sister, in the vain hope that the resolutely ignorant might read it ... or read anything. The average review on Amazon is well over 4 (out of 5) and there's a 36% reduction in price at present (July 2013). In the 21st century we know a child's psychological development and well-being is just as important as any physical need. Here Penelope Leach brings together

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creating healthy eating habits for children

The site eatright.org has a section dedicated to childrens eating habits resources/for-kids They have identified a 3 part strategy to help children develop good habits and knowledge of healthy nutrition. This involves being with the parent(s) during all 3 stages of food from the shop (or garden) to the table. 1. Involving the children in the decisions one makes at the food store. What is a

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children, diet, education, featured, gardens, health, lifestyle, positive mental attitude, wellbeing,
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healthy food during poverty: solutions

today's post: scurvy and rickets! Very bad 'health' news from the poor districts in South Wales. Following on from our article on the 'superfoods' that aren't widely promoted by the food 'industry', here is very sad news ... Scurvy and rickets are both reappearing in children; deficiency diseases that were thought to be permanently eradicated. Fast food and children don't belong together.

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