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Politically correct policemen are quick to lipcuff

August 1, 2015

London, 30 July 2015 I use the term lipcuff to label the lip equivalent of handcuff. Lipcuffing is used by the Political Correctness Police Force (PCPF) to silence people when the crime is a statement that the PCPF deem to be politically incorrect. The newish cool term that the PCPF  use to describe politically incorrect behaviour is microaggression. Microaggressive speakers are shamed into lipcuffed silence, even when the speakers have no intention of insulting anyone. A member of the PCPF…

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6 things you need to know about Minion madness.

July 29, 2015

QANDAKIDS QUESTION : “My quite aggro alpha male four-year-old is obsessed with the Minions, but I worry that they aren’t a good role model for him?  QANDAKIDS REPLY: I totally get your concern. For those who don’t have young children, the photograph above is of a Minion; a popular children’s movie character. Minions are essentially impulsive pranksters. Like over-tired kids at a chaotic birthday party, their behaviour is often aggressive, rowdy, giggly, annoying and – sometimes endearing. So, they’re probably…

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Children’s temper tantrums: time-in or time-out?

July 23, 2015

QANDAKIDS QUESTION: “My 7-year-old, Zoe, is an absolute angel at school.  We know she’s smart but our jaws drop when her teacher tells us she’s an ‘absolute pleasure’. We tell her we love her all the time and we give her hugs and kisses whenever we can. We’re honestly very loving parents. But, seriously, every day, over literally nothing, she can go from zero to a hundred in a split second.  She thrashes around and throws things and tells me…

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Why some kids learn to swim faster than others.

May 28, 2015
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Is it normal that younger kids are progressing at swimming faster than my four-year-old son? Should I stop the lessons? QANDAKIDS ANSWER The good news is that your son’s probably doing just fine. And, it’s often not a good idea to compare pre-schoolers. While children follow a similar developmental path in general, they also learn different things at different rates. It’s a case of different strokes for different folks. You’re on the right track with your timing, though. One good…

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Why does my seven-year-old still wet the bed?

April 14, 2015

QANDAKIDS Question: My son is seven and still wets the bed. It is so severe that he has to wear a night time nappy each night and in the morning it is saturated. He’s getting big though and almost doesn’t fit into them. The next size up are hard to come by and are super expensive. I have tried stopping him from drinking water after dinner but that feels cruel. I also tried getting up every two hours and forcing…

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Kids are genetically similar! No, all kids are genetically different!

March 25, 2015

The argument Here’s John at consultation, father of 14 year old Jade, and 10 year old Mathew, with reference to Jade: “Teenage girls are all genetically the same. They behave the same, they look the same, they sound the same, and they all change friends as frequently as they change their clothes.” Here’s my  next client, Emily. She’s the mother of Lance, 8 years, and James, 10 years: “Everybody’s different. No two humans are genetically alike.  I like the fact…

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