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Teaching Kids How to Be Grateful.

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Studies show that grateful kids do better in almost every metric than their non-grateful peers. But how do you even start to cultivate something as ambiguous as gratitude? Image Credit: Beci Orpin “If you involve children in meaningful, hands-on activities, it develops empathy by exposing them to experiences outside their own. But it also makes […]

A chat with Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala, about fatherhood, the importance of education and breaking the iron bars of patriarchy.

Could you tell us a bit about your own childhood? How did your experiences shape your thinking about equality and education? I grew up in an area called Shangla, in north-western Pakistan. Shangla is the second or third poorest district in Pakistan, and our family lived in a mud hut in a small village. My […]

100 CLASSIC ALBUM ARTWORKS RECREATED BY A SIX-YEAR-OLD

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Interview with Tano Veron: Co-founder of art project Rock at Six Years, a collaboration with his six-year-old niece, Nicolina Lorenza Vachetti What is this project about?  Rock at Six Years is a family art project by me and my niece, Nicolina Lorenza Vachetti. It’s a collection of contemporary abstract album covers redrawn from the perspective […]

Redesigning the learning space

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Imagine a kindergarten where an outdoor courtyard transforms into a giant paddling pool when it rains, or where a rooftop playground can only be accessed by climbing a vertical rope tunnel. Japanese architects Youji no Shiro are taking a creative approach to redesigning and redefining learning spaces for kids. A typical Australian kindergarten is a […]

How to make the perfect popcorn

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WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR POPCORN 1/4 cup coconut oil 2/3 cup popcorn kernels 3 tbsp butter, melted 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt WHAT YOU NEED TO DO Add the coconut oil and 3 popcorn kernels to a large pot. Cover and cook over medium–high heat until all 3 kernels pop. Remove the kernels. […]

Opinion piece by Mandy Nolan – Why are my kids so worried?

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“Why are my beautiful kids SO worried? Is it me? My first port of call is to blame myself. With three different fathers to my four kids, it’s clear that I am the common denominator. Damn! I really wanted to blame their fathers.” My four kids all have various presentations of anxiety. My eldest has […]