Too much of a good thing

All parents feel that their children are special, it comes with the territory, and is in fact natural.  And of course as parents it's easy to gush forth with over the top praise about how your little darling is the smartest, the most beautiful, most talented human being to have ever lived.  But recent research Read More >

What would you do?

It's relatively easy to say "of course I would help a stranger in need."  More recently I'm sure people read this story in the press and were disgusted and outraged.  How was it that a number of people stood by as Praveet Chahal was savagely beaten, in broad daylight?  We read it and think, "I'm Read More >

The case for smacking

So this week the so called "smacking debate" hit the media again, thanks to the reports that Mr. Colin Craig, aspiring politician and leader of the as yet unelected "Conservative Party" smacks his daughter.  Blogs were written, and moral outrage has been expressed via comments posts all up and down the country as people peruse Read More >

Family first?

After my little chat with Wallace Chapman today on Radio Live, on his talkback show this afternoon, I received the following email from Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ, via one of his adherents. (For audio of the interview, see below at the bottom of the post). Anyway, I thought you might like Read More >

Press release Kyle MacDonald: New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists 13th January, 2014 Mr. Craig’s statement today in the press that that he continues to use physical discipline against his own daughter, is disappointing, and out of step with the research on the effectiveness of physical discipline as a parenting technique says Kyle MacDonald of the Read More >

Look at me

The word of last year, according to the Oxford Dictionary, was "Selfie": "Selfie – a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website" – has been named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries editors, after the frequency of its usage Read More >

Sick of work

Feel free to call me a communist, but the value placed on human labour these days troubles me.  Our labour laws here in New Zealand have taken a hammering of late, from the point of view of the worker.  But it’s not just here, it’s a global shift in the west.  Wallace and I talked Read More >

Everyday courage

What is courage? We can easily identify one type of courage, brave gallant action: the fireman rushing into the burning building.  But would you think of yourself as a courageous person?  And if not can you learn how to be more courageous?  This is what Wallace and I talked about this week on his show Read More >

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