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I have most of my deep and meaningful conversations with my son in the confides of our yellow car.  The rest of the time our conversations are pretty mundane and ordinary.  On the way to my parent’s house Alistair explained to me that when people died their soul went into new babies and everyone goes to Heaven even if they were naughty.  When asked about how this sharing of souls is affected by a population increase he responded by saying that new souls were made.  This was an explanation as to why some people seemed to understand life quicker than others – their soul was older and more experienced.  My son does go to a church school so some of his theories may have evolved during shared worship.  However when I have taught in non denominational schools, children still have a fascination about the creation of the earth.

According to Alistair without a doubt God or some other godly entity exists who created everything – this of course leaves one question remaining – Who made God and who made the person who made God and so on … ? Maybe this interstellar insight is the reason why elderly people flock around newborn babies as if they are the Ark of the Covenant.  They all want a little piece of Heaven – of course by the time your baby is a screaming toddler who will not get up off the floor they scuttle past with stealth.  For children a belief in an omniscient one is simple, while being an adult your thoughts are tainted by everything negative related to religion.

At the moment religion seems to be causing more problems than it is solving because people are doing awful things in the name of their god.  If the Almighty is displeased why can’t he/she/it be left to vent his/her/their own wrath on the world.  The Christian Church is heading towards its most famous celebration in the whole of its calender – we do have to remember that many toddlers were sacrificed to enable one child to have safe passage.  Poets like Wordsworth and Coleridge tended to acknowledge that the countryside and all of its wonder were proof enough of a higher entity.

I read an article called, ‘How Sand And Water Play Can Unlock The Secrets Of The Universe‘, and in it is says that the Universe means everything around us and that we are all made of stardust.  It demonstrates the simple fact that children who are very young believe in a god in the way they did before science, writing and religious leaders tweaked the word of god to suit their own purposes.  Maybe we will all find god in the sandpit or water fountain or at least appreciate the wonders of our universe – however it was created.

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Being a parent is a constant learning curve – you think you have got the hang of it and then your child reaches another stage of development and everything goes lopsided again.  When children are very young this happens almost every six

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months starting with the disruption when weaning begins.  We do get a reprieve, sort of, between the ages of six and eleven where your child is emotionally balanced and satisfied with just being loved, cared for and getting toys they want.  However the hormonal changes that occur during adolescence can suddenly change a contented happy children into one who needs to rebel against everything they once accepted willingly.  Rebellion is a natural part of growing up because it is an evolutionary attempt to do things differently from your parents so that you can improve your lot in life.

As parents we have to understand that teenagers are going through another milestone and although they are not dinky and cute wearing nappies, they still need us to protect them. During puberty a child’s body transforms into an adult body but their brains are still not fully developed.  Teenagers are very vulnerable at this stage because the image they portray is far more mature than the child inside.  An adolescent child becomes a pack animal that likes to trawl the streets at night looking for excitement, they would rather hang out in the cold with their mates than stay at home with their boring parents. The only real way that we can ensure teenagers’ safety is by providing safe places for them to go without telling them to go there.

In January this year Playdale playgrounds Ltd wrote an article about Teenage shelters. Playdale reported that Thames Valley Police found that  appropriately located teenage shelters resulted in a reduction of graffiti and crime in the vicinity of the shelter.  Although a teenage shelter is not a total solution to teenage crime it can allow teenagers to hang out safely away from street corners.  Teenage shelters located near sports fields can actively encourage teenagers to follow local sporting events and, if it is not too uncool, may inspire them to take up a sport.

Ideally (and I say that without any experience) we need to fortify our children with lots of interests and hobbies so that they are not inclined to hang out aimlessly.  However the results of puberty are unpredictable and your little cutie may turn into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle when their hormones start raging.

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I have got about five years to go before the first strains of adolescence strikes and I dread the battle of wills and the conflict, which is inevitable.  I will be buying teenager books – just like baby books and hope that there is a proper instruction manual!