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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 ...

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...

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...