Best of the Web: Parents need self-care, and more

Why parents need self-care, the case against banning junk food, how not to raise a bully, and more…

Our selection of thought-provoking and useful articles from around the web on educating and raising children.



Should we ban junk food in schools? We asked five experts

(Madeline Rojahn and Sasha Petrova, The Conversation)

This is an interesting exercise where five experts were asked whether junk food should be banned in schools. Surely the answer was a resounding ‘no’?  Not so fast – physical education lecturer Darren Powell argued against the ban, making the case that it would demonise food in unhealthy ways. For example, a child and their parent could be shamed by a teacher from bringing a cupcake to school.

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How not to raise a bully

(Lorin Clark, ABC Life)

This article explores a complex subject – what goes into making a bully? Or more precisely, what can you do to make sure your child does not become a bully? The author argues that one important aspect is allowing and encouraging children to learn through play. It not only teaches social and physical skills, but problem-solving, risk-taking and importantly, how to empathise. Children learning through play are learning to be humans.


From childcare to high school – what to do if you don’t like your kid’s friend

(Laurien Beane, Michael Chambers and Natasha Wardman, The Conversation)

We know the importance of friendships for young people and their development. But the impact of a negative child friendship can have lasting effects into adulthood. What can a parent do if they are concerned about a friendship? The authors provide some practical advice and suggestions for parents, covering early childhood, primary school, and high school. It’s a useful resource for parents who might be struggling deciding the best approach to take to this challenging situation.


Why parents need a little self-compassion

(Susan M. Pollack, Greater Good Magazine)

You’re a busy parent, consistently putting your children before your own needs. But would both you and your children be better off if you took some time for self-care? The author of the article has written a new book, Self-Compassion for Parents, and makes a compelling case for parents taking some time out for themselves. You reduce stress, and bring more joy to parenting. She includes three simple practices you can use during your normal day.

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