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16 of the Best Podcasts for Kids

We are BIG podcast fans in our house. I listen to podcasts everyday, and my kids most nights. As well as supplementing (or replacing…) a live human being reading a story at bedtime, we play them in the car, and just this week I had the genius idea of putting them on for each kid […]

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Kids can change the world: a 5-year-old takes on Palm Oil

Why don‚Äôt children get to vote? As far as I can see, they‚Äôre as capable of understanding what‚Äôs important about the world as many adults and they have a higher stake in the future of our society and world. As I wrote in this manifesto for The Spinoff: A¬†classic Big Piece of Cheese episode of¬†The […]

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Please stop saying ‘boys won’t read stories about girls’. It’s total nonsense.

I keep reading this baseless crap about how boys won’t read stories about girls, so we should just stop writing and publishing them. It’s nonsense. Worse, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, because how will boys read about girls if everyone’s been warned not to offer¬†them those books? I recently¬†wrote a round-up of 12 notable New […]

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Gentle Parenting Tips: 56+ Magic Phrases to End Food Battles with Picky Eaters, and the Science Behind Trusting Kids to Eat What they Need

There is a special kind of heartbreak a parent feels when the meal they¬†have cooked is described as ‘yucky,’ or refused altogether. If you are struggling with the stress, sadness and discouragement of battling with picky eaters (of whatever age!), this post is here to reassure you and help you and your family relax and […]

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Fabulous Children’s Picture Books with Diverse Representation

Have you ever noticed that all the animals in the popular¬†children’s lift-the-flap book¬†Dear Zoo are male? Every single one. It’s not an isolated example. Looking at almost 6,000 children’s books published between 1900 and 2000, the study, led by Janice McCabe, a professor of sociology at Florida State University, found that males are central characters […]

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Feminism’s Unfinished Business [Guest]

  A warm welcome to¬†Penny Ehrhardt! Penny runs a public policy consultancy called Ehrhardt Advisors. She is a writer, researcher, international human rights law practitioner, parent, Soka Gakkai Buddhist, and lifelong feminist. Formerly based in Napier, New Zealand, she is currently undertaking doctoral research into the economic and social rights of single-parent families at Oxford […]

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Kind, Wise, Brave & Joyful: How we created our family list of core values for our family

How do you¬†want your kids to turn out? I mean, to the extent that anything we do has or should have influence, what do you really care about? What do you really hope will stay with them? What if you could know that, say, three¬†things you teach your kids will actually stick in their lives? […]

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13 Fabulous Kids’ TV Shows that Pass the Maisy Test and Have Other Great Features, Too

We’re still swimming in sexism Here’s a quick exercise for you: grab a pen and paper, or open a document on a device. Briefly¬†note down the ten or so kids’ television shows that you see or hear most of when you are around kids. You could include¬†kids’ movies as well if you like. What shows […]

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12 Reasons to Welcome Kids in Church + Tips for Actually Doing It

Sure, kids don‚Äôt belong everywhere. They‚Äôre not a symphony orchestra‚Äôs target audience (except when they are). The tense whispers of snooker commentators suggest that toddlers wouldn‚Äôt be welcome at tournament finals. But babies and children are legally entitled to be all sorts of places that aren’t always built with them in mind, including, say, courthouses […]

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