Nanny Knows Best

Although Mary Poppins may have saved the day with "a spoon full of sugar", Nanny V employs a more pragmatic approach. No magic, just simple love, attention and consistency. And a healthy dose of humour.


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on Friday, 16 January 2015
This week's trivia question: He's a bloke who prefers the tube to a fancy chauffeured car, loves football, dancing, and poetry, worked as a bouncer in a bar and holds a master's degree in chemistry. Oh, and his favourite song is One Direction's, You Don't Know You're Beautiful, which he describes "a great pop tune with a killer hook".

Although my title may have been a giveaway you also may be wondering how Pope Francis can help get your little cherubs to eat their greens or do their homework without moaning about it.

Well he can't. Sorry to mislead you but whether you are religious or not, his "Tips for Happiness" are still worth considering as relevant and beneficial to caring for children.

Let's start with the basics, "...people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play sport." Pope Francis acknowledges how hard it is to make time for such endeavours and as your children grow and develop interests so does your list of priorities.

Time races by so terrifyingly fast and you might just discover one day you don't know your children. Your fault, not theirs, as it's your responsibility to sit at the dinner table with no TV, drive them to school or football training with the radio off, and go for a walk with your mobile nowhere near your ear or your hands.

When you are dealing with a squealing child or an irritable teen, finding the headspace for the Pope's philosophy to "let go of negative things", "move quietly", and "live and let live" is not only a struggle, but seemingly ludicrous. However, you do have the option of taking a deep breath and keeping calm and hoping your unruffled demeanour will help you cope if not compose your child. Children also learn by example and with time success and peace should win over.

"Find ways of making jobs for young people". I know he means once they are legally employable and in need of an income, but I say, why wait. Chores, cleaning up games, toys and after dinner and other household responsibilities are a great beginning to instil respect and values.

And not that I'm advocating alcohol as a remedy, keep in mind even the Pope has his daily sacramental wine. Amen to that.
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