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Dealing With Grief – We Need to Talk about Difficult Subjects with our Kids

Last week I was touched by a soul I had never met and the dignity and bravery of his family who opened their hearts to their community to share in the celebration of his life. I never personally knew the 16 year old boy, whose funeral it was, but as

Time: The Last-Minute Gift That Isn’t Trending

If, like me, you’re feeling bit exhausted by the ‘season to be jolly’, thinking about your never-ending list of things to do and disappearing under a pile of Amazon parcels, then may be this is the perfect gift to give and receive – a time voucher. I decided to give

Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts with You!

At the beginning of February, I was invited as a parent to join the delegation from Luxembourg’s Safer Internet Centre ‘Bee Secure’, to the Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The focus of this meeting was the launching of a new EU initiative around teaching

The Wisdom Of Gratitude

Thanksgiving – A Time for Reflection I have always rather secretly envied the American celebration of Thanksgiving. A little like the chocolate box depiction of the perfect family at Christmas in my native country, I have similar evocations of the “Brady Bunch” gathered around the holiday table engrossed in a

INTERVIEW: From Tiny Seeds to Tall Flowers – The Growth of Sunflower Montessori in Luxembourg

This is the first in a series of articles where we interview some of the professionals from our Passage Professionals Network. We wanted to know what brought them to Luxembourg, why they chose their profession, and what plans they have for the future.   From Tiny Seeds to Tall Flowers

Supporting Young People with Autism: Try, Try and Try Again!

At our 21st Passage Professionals Network evening we invited Jean-Marie Govaerts from Autisme Luxembourg to celebrate World Autism Day by sharing some insight into his experience of working with young adults diagnosed with ASD in Luxembourg.     A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is given to people who

Why Actively Listening to Children and Young People is a Skill

Most adults will agree that when you really need someone to listen to you it does not help if all you get are unsolicited advice, the other person’s opinion or worst still constant interruptions from their handheld device. In fact many adults are becoming quite vocal about how much they

The Wounds that Won’t Heal – What Parents Need to Know about Self-Harm

It is hard to understand why your child, or anyone else’s children would deliberately harm themselves. There is a lot of confusion, misinformation and even taboo talking about Self-harm, even though Child Helplines and other support organisations are reporting a steep increase in cases. Self-harm, also called self-injury, self-mutilation or

Helping your Child Through a Relationship ‘Break-up’

It’s that time of year again when it seems everywhere you look is covered in hearts and flowers. The pressure is on to have a Valentine or be someone’s Valentine or make someone YOUR valentine. Culturally it seems no corner of the world is safe, and with social media it’s

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