A follow up to my post about helping children cope with disasters... here is the link to the website 'World Went Wonky' (http://www.worldwentwonky.org/) which is again up and running. On this website you'll find some helpful resources and a free e-book 'When Super Billy's World Went Wonky'. This wonderful resource has been put together and generously shared, by Zamela Henry who has qualifications and professional experience, dealing with trauma, and who with her two young children experienced and lived through the aftermath of the 2011 quake. You can also find this link on my website with all of the other information: http://www.goldfishwisdom.org/parents/coping-with-disasters. Take care all.
My fascination with truffle continues. Here I have a huge Melanosporum Truffle found in a little town called Norcia in Italy. Thanks @truffle.italia for educating me & more importantly for this black truffle 👌
Statement from Victoria’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford: “A foolhardy, unethical and quite possibly illegal Executive Order has been issued by the White House temporarily banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States.
The University is not currently aware of any staff or students who are affected. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and if we do identify anyone at Victoria who is, or could be, impacted by the ban we will be doing everything possible to support and advise those people.
It goes without saying that disgraceful actions such as this Executive Order are the antithesis of Victoria University of Wellington’s global-civic commitment to inclusivity, equity and diversity, and are not in keeping with the core values of respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity and empathy we share with the wider academic community.”
And following on from yesterday, from my book 'The Modern Family Survival Guide'....
The dark underbelly of the ‘perfect family’
The Stepford family does not exist, or at least after exhaustive searching I have come to be personally convinced that it does not exist. There are lots and lots of really fantastic families out there, but none of them are perfect, at least none that I have come across so far anyway. There is no doubt that if you were ever able to do all the things that we now know are good for children, then your kids would have the best start in life. The problem is that it’s just not possible. You would have to spend so much time keeping up with the latest research on everything from diet to developmental neuroscience to learning algebra. You would also have to be a completely balanced and rational person. You would have to be totally selfless, but also somehow manage to look after yourself in the best possible way as well. It just cannot be done. Which means most of us are simply imperfect people, living out our imperfect lives. We are also imperfect parents raising imperfect children in imperfect families. Ultimately, all any of us can do is speak for ourselves, and I can say with unreserved conviction that I am one of the most profoundly imperfect people I know. I have so many failings that it would take me a long time to list them all off, let alone try to explain them. The problem for all of us in the Western world is that we constantly measure ourselves and our lives against this impossible gold-standard. We aspire to lives which are completely unrealistic, and which we have no hope of attaining. When the concept of the family changed at the beginning of the nineteenth century to being a place of romantic notions of happiness and emotional fulfilment, we were setting ourselves up for a very long, and very difficult road to a place that doesn’t actually exist. That’s not to say that this was completely a bad thing, or that we shouldn’t make families a place where people feel loved and important, because I think we should try and do all of that. The changes in how we see families over the past couple of hundred years have been a good thing, but it’s also a difficult beast to control once you start making things like happiness the goal. Our expectations of ourselves both as romantic partners and as parents inevitably become set impossibly high. That, I think, has been incredibly unhelpful.
WATCH || 2017 Air Tattoo done and dusted. We hope you all enjoyed it. A big thanks to our Air Force team, contractors, other agencies, volunteers and of course our international friends for helping us celebrate our 80th Birthday!
So good to hold this trophy again!! Massive weekend. Great battles today!. Thanks to my team Red Bull Holden Racing Team for all the hard work. Thanks to our fans for the support. Means a lot! SVG Snapchat - SVG97 Instagram - SVG97 #vasc
Women are paid less than men, work more unpaid hours than men and hold fewer leadership roles than men. The World Economic Forum estimates it’ll take 170 years to achieve economic gender equality. This International Women's Day, we need to #BeBoldForChange and pay women more. It’s that simple.