School ready, transitions without tears

Southern hemisphere parents have the triple whammy of transition after summer school holidays. The excitement of Christmas, the longest holiday break and a sharp shock of getting back into the school routine all add to stress levels. Children can have strong feelings about these sorts of transitions. If this is your child you may even … Continue reading School ready, transitions without tears

Getting up is hard to do | on cold, dark mornings

Do you have a hard time getting up in the mornings? Parents and kids can struggle on the cold winter days with bad moods. When you are in a bad mood is it hard to shake? What about your child? Are bad moods making it hard for them to get up and do what they … Continue reading Getting up is hard to do | on cold, dark mornings

Sibling fighting and what you can do about it

Is sibling fighting driving you crazy? Are you sick of being the referee? Most parents are ok with sibling fighting some of the time, but what if it is nearly all of the time? When siblings are always fighting parents need to get involved. Here are FIVE ways to reduce sibling fighting and increase harmony … Continue reading Sibling fighting and what you can do about it

Mummy will you talk to me in your nice parenting voice?

Once I started using positive parenting skills I really noticed a change in my son. His body language changed. He cuddled up to me more on the sofa. I was noticing all these changes when one day he asked "Mummy will you talk to me in that nice parenting voice?". This was a wake up … Continue reading Mummy will you talk to me in your nice parenting voice?

How to talk to kids – parenting gold dust!

The single best parenting skill you could ever ask for - why descriptive praise is like gold dust! How do we encourage children to want to do the right thing? Is it even possible? Parents want to know how to get their kids on track. Sure, there are lots of methods you've tried already.  Ask … Continue reading How to talk to kids – parenting gold dust!