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Earth Charter

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

      “…peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.”

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Gunning for Peace?

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in education, Parenting, Uncategorized | 2 comments

So when I started this blog, back last summer,  I made a list of topics I wanted to write about.  The debate about whether to allow children to play with toy guns was something at the top.  After the Sandy Hook tragedy this is clearly a hot and sensitive subject.  Having two boys who, like many of their gender, are naturally drawn to toy guns I wondered if I should allow them to play with such things.  Many of my friends do not allow toy guns of any description in their houses and even light sabers are down the garbage shoot before you...

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Reading

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in education, Parenting | 1 comment

Your child learning to read can be a nerve racking process and one, I feel, parents have good cause to be concerned about.  I’m a firm believer in early intervention.  Our children are so lucky today, surrounded by print many of them will pick up reading just from the instruction they receive at school and the constant exposure to books and words all around them. But how do you know your child is really struggling with reading and at what age should you start to have serious concerns? It can be alarming to go into your child’s...

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Hunger Games?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in education, Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I have just finished reading the first  book of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and enjoyed every page.  I was reluctant to start as it is not the usual kind of book I like to read but I felt it very important to be ‘in the loop’ about this series as I am set to teach 4th Grade in September. The Hunger Games has been a hot topic this past academic year amongst teachers and parents – is this story appropriate for  a 9/10 year old?  Scholastic rates the book as grade 5.3 for ages 11-13. I confess Peter, my 9...

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Travel in Peace

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’m sure in a previous life I belonged to some nomadic tribe, I feel the constant need for new horizons. One of the most challenging aspects of having children is that travel suddenly becomes a lot more difficult.  Gone are the carefree days of sticking a backpack on my back and zooming off round India with no one but myself to think of.  Not only have I become a bit more high maintenance (think facial creams and large amounts of shoes prompting the London cabbie yesterday to ask if I was carrying around a rock collection) but these...

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Green Peace!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Parenting | 0 comments

Green Peace!

As I ran in central park today, getting my fix of green grass, trees and fresh air (well sort of) I wondered about how much growing up in an urban environment affects our children. Here’s the thing  -  I never imagined for one minute that my children would be growing up in New York City.  I still struggle with being in such an urban environment myself. I was raised in the rolling hills of Gloucestershire, England.  Where cows wonder freely and the grass grows high and wild in the summer.  I spent my early years roaming around the woods...

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Hello and Welcome!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in Personal | 0 comments

Over the last few years I have had many personal challenges. Finding myself lost, upset and sometimes angry I started pursuing ways to find inner peace and tranquility for myself and my family. In my classroom a banner reads ‘Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me’ – nice but not easy. Here I am preaching and teaching peace everyday but what was going on in my own household? This is my attempt to pull it all together, my passion for peace education and my desire to find peace for my family and other families. This blog...

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