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In Touch

Nikky

Physical contact is more important than you may think - especially for our children.

We live in a world of stranger danger and an overwhelming desire to keep our children safe. In light of the horrendous incidents our press have slathered over like hungry dogs, perhaps this is understandable, but I worry that we might be breeding a culture that has fear as its driving force.



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Child Power

Nikky

Earlier this year, the Guardian newspaper held an experiment where several families gave up the rules laid down by parents, and handed the power over to the children.

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It’s a fascinating read, and there are many parallels with what children and young people have been telling me via the How to Speak Child interviewing project.
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Ba ba-ba?

Nikky

How much communication do you think it’s possible to have with a relatively brand new baby?

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Hero Worship

Nikky

Who are your heroes? Do your children know who they are? Do you know who your children idolise? Unless you’re some kind of a monster, I’d bet that you, their parents and teachers are right up there.

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Your Starter for Ten

Nikky

When was the last time you asked a child a truly profound question?

The comedian Joe Lycett recently wrote a Guardian column in which he mentions asking a ten year old girl, to whom he is close, “What do you think art is?” She replies, “It’s trust. If you trust something’s good, then it is.” Brilliant. As Joe says, that is exactly what art is.

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