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It took my son’s meltdown and a lightbulb moment for me to stop parenting on autopilot

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The dawning realisation of my limitations as a parent came in the aftermath of a(nother) pre-swimming meltdown. My son was approaching four at the time but still swam like a baby. That might sound harsh but I mean it ...

Urgent climate action is getting lost in the heat of Germany’s election campaign

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Forty years ago, Germans loved to make fun of eco-types who ate muesli, wore shapeless knitted sweaters and packed their groceries in jute bags. Back then, the German Green party was just getting started. Today, thing...

How do I motivate my kids without becoming a nag? The key is to make peace with slow progress

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Dentists recommend brushing children’s teeth for two minutes at a time. Doing my four-year-old son’s can take 20. If that sounds orally retentive on my part, rest assured very few of the 20 minutes are actually spent...