What do you do with the children in the holidays? Are you a planner with everything scheduled or do you prefer the “free-range” approach? I love hearing the stories folks tell me about what works for them. Like a group of parents I met a couple of years ago who told me about the time … Continue reading Holidays – time to shine
Your child says "yuk" and doesn't want to eat what you’ve cooked for dinner It's the end of the world when a favourite toy is lost Your daughter is the only one to miss out on the netball team, all of her friends are successful Facebook isn't full of stories about kids facing disappointment … Continue reading I want my child to fail (and why you should too)
Here’s a story to inspire you on International Women’s Day. Katherine Johnson, in the 1960’s was an integral part of the space exploration team which orbited the earth. Until the book Hidden Figures and the film released last year, Katherine Johnson, received very little publicity. I never knew that the name we now use for … Continue reading Women to inspire us on International Women’s Day
1. "Help, my threenager is in charge!" Life before kids involved working in a calm, predictable office. When I asked people to do something, they just did it. The transition to having an impulsive and strong-willed toddler and a baby was a rude awakening. My threenager ignored many of my very reasonable requests. He had … Continue reading Threenagers rule! 8 ways to tackle tiny tornadoes
“I suck at maths!” my son shouts as he hurries away from the kitchen table and stomps down the hall. I force myself to wait in space, instead of running behind him. I notice how I hold my breath when this happens, it’s so stressful. How parents respond in this moment determines what happens next. … Continue reading Homework meltdowns – 5 things you can do
So you just got used to everyone enjoying later nights and less structure and suddenly you're back into the school term, grinding it out. Transition is never seamless, no matter how well you set it up. When we're calm, engaged and focused, our kids will get the best from us. What's going to make it easier … Continue reading Getting back into gear after the holidays
Have you had a summer road trip this year? Was it fun or did you swear you'd never do it again? This weekend we're expecting more people on the road as there's an extra day off. And it's going to be really hot. Parents I know tell me they seem to find themselves recreating the … Continue reading Are we there yet?!
One of the most common concerns of parents is that their child doesn’t have a friend. It affects parents of pre-schoolers through to teens starting High School. Transitions seem to be a pinch point. Do they have someone to sit with at lunchtimes? Are they lonely? Are the friends they do have a positive influence? … Continue reading Give me one good friend
Wouldn’t it be nice if people remembered we were all children once? Well, they don’t. I bet there isn’t a parent out there who hasn’t been on the receiving end of advice about how to manage challenging behaviour. Total strangers have a nasty habit of telling us how to parent. In the shop when our … Continue reading What to say when they tell you how to parent
When your child or teen is exploding around your ears the last thing they need is a parent who joins in. It’s like pouring petrol on a fire. Parents are well aware of this already but isn’t it just SO HARD to be the flexible, understanding adult some times? Keeping calm when our buttons are … Continue reading Help there’s fireworks in my house!