Why I Teach my Children that Violence is Sometimes Unavoidable

Louisa Leontiades Family

Because the non-violent lessons I have taught her meant that I neglected the most important one. The one about respecting your own boundaries and protecting your own body. Instead I apparently encouraged my daughter to be a good cog in the kindergarten system, to report it to an adult and in doing so taught her to go against her instincts and passively accept violence on her body. She became a victim, because I taught her it was the right thing to do.

A Proper Family Christmas

Louisa Leontiades Adoptee Experience

My children do not count in his eyes as ‘proper’ because I did not grow up with our mother. Nor presumably, does the son of my step-sister, their half-sister who grew up with her mother.

The Truth About Lying (to Kids)

Louisa Leontiades Family

When I’ve said this in the past, there has always been a follow up question. ‘So you, who believe in honesty… do you lie to your children? Do you expose them to the harsh realities of life?’

Sometimes An Epidural is Best for Baby

Louisa Leontiades Family

My way, would be natural I’d decided (with not a little smirk of superiority). A water birth, maybe with a kick of gas and air to get me laughing like Uncle Benny in Lethal Weapon.

Murder Is Easy

Louisa Leontiades Family

Then the Iraqi war comes. And with it Americans and British soldiers with their feet on naked men wearing hoods over their faces.