07 Dec December + January Issue Of CHILD Magazines
Say hello to our bumper December + January issue of CHILD magazines. Our special holiday issue focuses on the slow living movement and we take a closer look at the relationship between the brain and body. Your summer reading list is sorted for the holidays too, with our favourite book picks, plus much more.
Christmas – time of comfort and joy? Or time of stress and distress? Family is our greatest source of strength but it can also be our biggest source of frustration. So how to deal with anger if it crops up at family gatherings over the hols? Psychologist Renee Mill, whoselatest book is Parenting Without Anger, has some great pointers.
First, she suggests, drop the romantic view of Christmas being an ideal time, and instead be realistic. “It may be a calm and loving time but it may equally be complicated. See it for what it is and enjoy it nonetheless. The word ‘should’ causes anger, acceptance reduces anger.”
As many of us know, sharing kids among blended families can be tricky. Renee advises to focus on the good of the children instead of on your needs.
“Allowing them to spend time with their relatives is a gift you give your children, and more valuable than a toy.”
And what about that bane of family gatherings, free advice? “One way to cope with unwarranted advice from someone like your mother-in-law is to seek it out,” says Renee. “That way you feel in charge. As soon as you can, approach mother-in-law and ask for advice. She will love you for it (good for the relationship), you can feel good for taking her annoying ways in good spirit, and you can move on when you are ready.” Sounds good to us!
As the long, lazy days spin out over January, plans for the next school year start to take shape. Our world is changing, and education is changing with it. That’s why in 2018’s CHILD mags, we’ll introduce a regular Education page reporting on great school initiatives around the country, and education research from our universities.
Wishing you a terrific Christmas, however you spend it, and may you start the New Year with enthusiasm, energy and hope!
It’s all in the December + January issue of CHILD folks! Happy holidays!
The CHILD Mags team
A big thanks to Aussie designer duo Noon Shadow, Kirsty Milloy and Alice Farmer for letting our cover kid rock your cool threads!