WARNING FOR PARENTS: Do not take children to the beach without a bathing suit and do not share photos of them on social networks

WARNING FOR PARENTS: Do not take children to the beach without a bathing suit and do not share photos of them on social networks

In recent weeks all the media spread the news about the fact that 13 years after the disappearance of British 4-year-old girl Madeleine McCann in Germany arrested a 43-year-old who is suspected of kidnapping her from the tourist apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz and murder. According to the information available now, the girl was sexually abused. It is understandable that the thought of what happened to that little girl causes fear, outrage and anxiety among the parents and children to learn it from the media. In addition, in late July in Istria were arrested and several foreign tourists for filming naked children on the beach with hidden cameras, which contributed to the further distress of parents and the feeling that their children are daily targeted by predators. Is there reason to panic? For panic no, but for prevention yes.
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We have the capacity to deal with crises and recovery, for empathy and solidarity

In about 40 years of my work experience, and a bit more of life experience, I have faced numerous crises, including war. Going trough them with my clients and my loved ones, I learned a lot. The crisis causes a feeling of insecurity in all of us. When we face completely unknown and often unforeseen circumstances, we don't know what to think or how to react. When a sense of uncertainty and danger unites, our need to establish personal emotional security is heightened:  we need reliable information, clear directions and guidelines, "light at the end of the tunnel"...
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Parents, ask for support when you and your child need it

Unfortunately, even today it is difficult for some parents to seek help and admit that it is not easy for them to face the challenges of parenting. I would like to inform all parents that it is not shameful or a sign of parental incompetence to ask for help when we need it, in fact, we are doing harm to our child otherwise. When we seek help we are taking care not only of the child, but also of the family and for ourselves, and we are showing the child that it's okay to not to know the answer sometimes or not to be able to do it yourself as long as you work hard and try to solve the problem.
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School should be both educational and upbringing institution – any violence is unacceptable

In recent days the whole country was strongly impressed by the reports about violent behavior of students towards the teacher and violent response of that teacher towards students. It seems that the public is polarized in the "us and them" way and that the story of one incident in Cakovec school has taken considerably larger proportions. There are public discussions about the rights of the children and the teachers, about the needs, rules, support or lack of support, and it is not good that some teachers even labelled children as bullies, which creates lynching atmosphere against these children and their parents. Any hate speech in public space is not acceptable.
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