Sunday Video : 0 to 14 years in 4 min

Lotte - o to 14 y old

Frans Hofmeester has filmed his now teenage daughter Lotte for 15 seconds every week from the day she was born. Over a time-lapse video, you are about to witness one of the most mysterious, profound processes of human life – growing up – accelerated into four minutes. This is truly breathtaking (click on “read more” to access the video)

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Sunday Video : Wakeboarding with dolphins

Video Wakeboarding with the dolphins

Such an incredible ballet of dolphins…I wish it was me on that wakeboard. That said, I most probably  have stopped to swim with them!

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Babesta Beat : unplugged video

Unplugged Video - Babesta

Part of Babesta‘s series of fashion storytelling, this captivating video featuring cool city kids hanging out, playing & living together. Inspired by Patti Smith, it was shot by Katrina Tang with words (a poem) written by Jennifer Cattaui, and  music by Karel Otstavel.

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Home Grown Books : Not your ordinary toddler book

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There is a lot to love about Home grown books, a Brooklyn-based children’s publishing company founded by reading specialist Kyla Ryman. Their philosophy is simple: children deserve material as rich as their imaginations.

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Falling Up

Hugh Holland, Locals Only

Casa da Musica is a major cultural landmark in our new home of Porto. It is also an improvised skatepark. Skaters and other tricksters come from all over to carve the splendid ‎undulations in which this hard edged concrete crystal palace sits. That’s one of the things I love about

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Aquila magazine, for children 8 to 12

Aquila Magazine

 I am happy to share a family discovery : AQUILA, a monthly educational magazine for children 8 to 12. Aquila keeps children entertained with intelligent reading; every issue is organised around a theme, and contains articles, puzzles, fun activities that will enrich general knowledge. My kids love it and I have much pleasure

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The Benefits Of Yoga For Children

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Virginie Dreyer of Tiny-Om creates symbolic jewellery for little girls. Yasmine Mamoudieh, founder of myKidsy, helps parent to find the best courses, creative activities  and workshops in London.  A conversation around the benefits of yoga for kids started between us. 

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Isabelle Demenge : a new way for children to experience travel

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Leap and Hop is a series of travel books for children written by Isabelle Demenge and illustrated by Emilie Sarnel. A wonderful way for kids to be conscious travellers, to absorb facts and history about the countries they visit, in an interactive,  playful way.  

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Monopoly Money

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We found an old Monopoly set in the attic of the summer house. My daughters were very keen to learn how to play. So I dusted off my memory of the rules, tried to recollect the Franc/ Dollar exchange rate (this set is from circa 1970), and we got down to business.

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Paper marvels : Zim & Zou

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The wonderful universe of  Zim & Zou is made of paper sculptures, installations, illustrations and more. No computer for this French duo composed by Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann as they prefer to create real objects using paper or other tangible materials.

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Parenting by Default vs Parenting by Design

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We are obsessed with our kids. Society’s move from ancestor worship to descendant worship ‎has made us uninterested in culture, more primitive in our outlook, worse citizens, and ultimately… boring. That seems the Parenting Paradigm as presented by the English media. Readers of Pirouette know that it need not be this way. 

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Sunday Video : animals run the show

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Little ones will laugh out loud with this BBC video featuring talking chipmunks, farting gorillas or dancing birds. I hope you parents will join them and share a fun moment!

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