March 2017 Newsletter from The Positive Parenting Project
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Sugar and spice and all things nice: what are boys and girls really made of?

March 2017

The theme for this month's newsletter is gender and its role in parenting and child development. There is a beautiful guest post by Martine Lambourne on how she is raising her daughters to be winners (Lessons in Losing) and a resource list of the best websites by dads/for dads. There is a collection of short DVD clips on how boys and girls play differently (and why it matters), on the roles of nature and nurture in children's gender differences and on why gender-neutral parenting is doomed to fail. And to help you counterbalance gender stereotyping, there are some recommended books for raising confident girls and empathetic boys. Plus this month's other news from The Positive Parenting Project!

How to be more like Daddy? 
Learning to lose is a tough lesson for young children. But if they can bounce back up and be inspired to try again, then eventually they will learn to win. At least that's what Martine Lambourne is hoping her daughter will learn from a run-in with her competitive Daddy. Read more...
Best websites for dads 
Lots of parenting websites assume (either implicitly or explicitly) that their readers are women. But there are some great websites aimed specifically at dads. Some offer practical advice, some are more 'lifestyle' focused, while others highlight a humorous perspective to get you through the tough times. Here is my round-up of the best parenting websites specifically for dads. Read more...
The role of gender in parenting 
If you haven't managed to attend Anita's seminar on Raising Boys/Raising Girls then check out these three DVD clips discussing the respective impacts of nature and nurture in children's gender roles, on how girls and boys play differently (and why it matters), and on why gender-neutral parenting is doomed to fail.
Too many children's books feature lazy stereotypes of house-cleaning mums and car-fixing dads. If you would like to introduce your children to a more rounded version of gender choices, check out this selection of books featuring myth-busting females (Books for raising confident girls) and nurturing males (Books for raising empathetic boys). Suitable for ages 2-8 years.
News from The Positive Parenting Project
This month, Anita has been talking about the importance of high quality workplace parenting support in and has been creating a splash in The Daily Mirror. She has also been advising parents on how to tackle 'pester power' in a flurry of radio interviews in response to new research which shows the average time it takes parents to give in to children's pestering is just 5 minutes!

Lots of our corporate partners will be marking Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May) with workplace parenting sessions to help working parents move from 'survive' to 'thrive'. Get in touch to find out how we can support your workplace wellbeing strategy.

Catch up on these previous editions of The Positive Parenting Project newsletter:
  • Keeping children safe (February 2017): how much freedom at what age?
  • Happier healthier families (January 2017): relaxation tips, how to reset your worklife balance, plus tackling picky eating and teenage sleep patterns
  • Building children's self-esteem (November 2016): tips for building children's self-esteem and positive self-talk
  • Making the most of school (October 2016): tips for ensuring pre-schoolers are 'school ready', avoiding school stress and getting teens/tweens self-organising
  • Promoting Independence (September 2016): stress-free morning routines, untidy teenagers, leaving children home alone and coping with separation anxiety.
  • Summer reading list (July 2016): inspire your children with a love of books and catch up on some essential parenting reading
  • Managing emotions (May 2016): helping children recognise and express their emotions and tackling negative thinking
  • Positive parenting for every eventuality (April 2016): a round up of essential positive parenting strategies for tots, tiddlers, tweens and teens
  • Positive co-parenting (February 2016): tips for working as a team with your co-parent, whether you are together or apart
  • Balancing work and family (November 2015): practical parenting solutions to improve your work-life balance and make the most of time with your children
  • Children's brains (July 2015) - what every parent needs to know about children's brains to decode their behaviour and support learning
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