Show kids how to manage their disappointments and difficulties by monitoring your own reactions. Helping kids stay in control when life doesn't go their way is a great resilience attribute.
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Parents who struggle to say NO to their kids are making a rod for their own backs. Best to aim for respect from kids rather than being continually liked.
How do you respond when siblings tell stories and tall tales about each other? Your response will determine how often your children will involve you in their disputes.
Sleepiness is a huge educational and mental health issue for kids that currently goes under the radar. A lifetsyle audit and better knowledge of sleep hygiene habits are the best starting points for parents.
Are you a mum or a parent?
There’s a massive difference!
‘Parenting’ is a twentieth century term that suggests that raising kids is a gender neutral activity. It’s a managerial, almost scientific term that has given rise to a huge industry.
More than one million Australian children now spend part of their lives in two homes. “Doing the child shuffle” no longer just means driving kids to football, ballet practice or their latest leisure activity. For many children who have to negotiate two different environments, two sets of rules, and in some cases, two different families.
Born too late to get the perks of first borns, and the easy ride of youngest children you can bet that middle borns will be different. Here are some essential tips for raising second and middle borns
Your kids can be their own worst enemies. Here are some ideas to help kids who put themselves down.
Can an old parenting dog learn new tricks? He sure can according to a second time dad. Malcolm Dix shares his first time dad lessons and shows how he is reinventing himself as a father to be more effective the second time around.
Currently, it seems we are experiencing an epidemic of childhood anxiety. However anxiousness need not prevent children and young people from maximising learning, social and leisure opportunities. A resilient parenting style can make a huge difference.
When my parents raised me, parenting was black and white. That is, there was a right and a wrong way to raise kids. Now you only have to read comments parents leave on my Facebook page to realise now that there are shades of grey in most modern parenting issues. In fact, there are many ways to be right.
Imagine you had a choice between high intelligence or high persistence for your child. What would you choose for them to be successful and happy?
One of the jobs of parents is to help kids tap into their capacity to be kind, to be helpful and to be generous to others.
Most homes are highly verbal places. We tend to do most of our managing and motivating of kids verbally.
But there are times that we need to go visual to communicate to kids.
At the end of parenting presentation many parents ask me why their child is can be angel for others, yet less than perfect for them. It’s so frustrating!!
These are great parenting stories, but it’s the story behind each story that’s important. Here are just a few strategies for parenting for the long game.
Fast-paced kids and fast-paced families need some slow parenting.
Bullying is an insidious behaviour that denies children's right to feel safe. It shouldn't be confused with teasing, rejection, conflict or bickering.
Many children are shy, but that doesn't mean they will grow up being shy. There is a lot you can do to help shy children.
Sometimes we look at situations involving children and young people and only see problems. The media and experts can create plenty of drama but what happens when the tension is removed?
With the increase of AWOK's (adults without kids) there's no shortage of sparents around. And kids can do with all the sparents they can get.
A recent Australian study quantified how important it is to read every day to children.
To encourage or to praise? That is the question. Is it a black and white issue, or are their shades of parenting grey?
A comedy it may be, but amongst the fast-paced dialogue TV's 'Modern Family' has some pertinent lessons for today's parents.
Your family's well-being is important. You can't take it for granted. Here's a great strategy that will put everyone in your family in a good mood.......and make your family stronger.
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