Nov 272011
Suggestions for Christmas giving

Christmas 2011 – Birth of a New Tradition from Suzanne Staples As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Australians with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of Australian labour.??This year will be different. This year Australians will give the gift of genuine concern for other Australians. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Australian hands.  Yes there is!??It’s time to think outside the box, people.  Who says a gift needs to read more…

Nov 232011

Harvard School of Public Health study of ADHD and links to pesticides Pesticides tied to ADHD in children from Harvard School of Public Health on Vimeo. Marc Weisskopf, Mark and Catherine Winkler Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, discusses a study that finds children exposed to higher levels of pesticides known as organophosphates could have a higher risk of being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (2:02)

Nov 012011
ADHD Guidelines increase age ranges - the need is to look at environment, diet and lifestyle

  ADHD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is the most commonly diagnosed behavioural disorder in childhood.  It has significant repercussions for the child and their family as well as affecting the child’s school performance, well-being and social interactions. In 2001 the  American Academy of Pediatrics issued guidelines for treatment for the evaluation and diagnosis of ADHD.  Now they have extended the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in children from 6 to 12 years to 4 to 18 years. The guidelines, “ADHD: Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis, Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,” were released at the read more…

Oct 082011

  ‘More walking, less driving’ campaign by the China Environmental Protection Foundation won the 2010 Interntational Green Awares Grand Prix. A great way to get a message across.  As the clip says ‘ let us create a greener environment together’.    

Sep 212011

  ‘What is the extinction of a condor to a child who has never seen a wren?’ asks Robert Michael Pyle, naturalist and environmentalist. Robert Pyle in conversation with Jane Hanckel in Byron Bay, Australia discussed ‘Where will future stewards of nature come from?‘ and other questions about children and nature. Topics included the shrinkage of natural play spaces in western countries, identifying nature, containerised kids, mental health and natural settings, naturalist intelligence and the genius of childhood – how nature nurtures creativity.  The subject of children’s attention span and relationship with nature was one of the topics raised.    Richard read more…

Sep 062011

  Delta Kay, Byron Bay Arakwal spokesperson, works as a Aboriginal Family Support Worker with the Bunjum Aboriginal Cooperative in Northern NSW, Australia. She describes the phenomenal change in the behaviour of children when all the plastics were removed from playgroup and replaced with natural wooden toys and other natural materials at the launch of the eco parenting book series in Byron Bay in August, 2011. “We packed away all the plastic and brought out all the wood and everything changed. Their children’s behaviour changed and I watched how the parents changed. Parents couldn’t believe their children’s behaviour by putting read more…

Sep 032011
The child and drugs – the importance of good human relationships

At a recent parent education evening at Shearwater, the Mullumbimby Steiner School, in Northern NSW, Rod Tomlinson provided an illumanitive talk on ”The Adolescent’s Thirst for Experience, Their Search for Meaning and Consciousness-Altering Substances ‘. Rod began with a brief history of humanity and an overview of the development of the human soul forces and then shared with us his view on the effects and reasons for adolescents to engage in various drugs.  One of the clear messages for parents wanting to reduce their child’s interest in drugs was to prioritise the establishment of good human relationships.  Rod emphasised the read more…

Aug 122011
eco parenting books launched at the Bryon Bay Writers Festival

The weather was warm and sunny on Saturday August 6th for the launch of the first two books in the eco parenting series at the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Derek Spice the co-founder of Inspir=Ed and the Spirit of Childhood Foundation  gave a short introduction to the launch. Delta Kay, an Arakwal spokesperson and one of the Aboriginal custodians of Byron Bay provided a welcome to country. Delta is also an early childhood support worker.  Delta and I have worked together running the Inspir=Ed early childhood programs using the eco parenting principles at the Bunjum Aboriginal Cooperative in Ballina.  Delta read more…