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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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Letting Modesty Prevail

Nikky

Fashion is a slippery master. It pervades almost every aspect of our lives, not just music and clothes, but attitudes, values and personality traits. These days the tenet that ‘you can achieve anything if you want it enough’ is all pervasive. Similarly I see a trend towards ‘loving yourself’ gathering momentum. Less in favour are the not-so-thrusty attributes of modesty and humility.

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