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Ten ways to stop yelling and improve cooperation with your kids in 2019

As we near the end of the year, it’s often a time of reflection, contemplation and resetting of intentions for the new year.  It’s not surprising that after the Christmas parties, end of year catch ups and finishing everything in time to embrace the silly season – we can feel defeated, tired and burnt out. [...]

2018-12-06T12:13:05+00:00December, 6th 2018|

Teaching gratitude this Christmas

If you’re like me, it’s around this time that you start thinking about what to buy your kids for Christmas.  While this should be a joyful and simple task, every year I come up with the same question – what do my kids actually need?  Is there anything they’d like that they haven’t already got? [...]

2018-11-28T17:07:25+00:00November, 8th 2018|

Why doesn’t my life look that perfect? The social media trap…

It would easy to believe that everyone else is having a better life than you if you took social media at face value.  Everyone else has perfect kids, go on perfect holidays, have the perfect partner and never, ever have a problem in the world. Having said that, I’m pretty sure we’re all a bit [...]

2018-10-24T10:24:36+00:00October, 22nd 2018|

How to raise an emotionally healthy kid

As a parent we are conditioned to not allow our kids to ‘get away’ with behaviour that we deem inappropriate. “Don’t storm off while I’m talking to you!” “Don’t answer back to me!” “Don’t use that tone!” Sure, general courtesy is expected when we relate to our children – and by no means should we [...]

2018-08-28T11:56:33+00:00August, 28th 2018|

Bonding with Essential Oils – The Power of the Senses

"I feel that the importance of physical touch between a parent and child is so valuable. Applying essential oils to my children in the evening really encourages me to take that time to just ‘be’ with them after what is usually a busy day. I feel the connection and I think my kids do too." [...]

2018-08-07T10:06:48+00:00July, 30th 2018|

Toddler Taming: 3 Common Sense Strategies

Usually my advice on toddler years is JUST GET THROUGH IT.  While I recognise this is not terribly practical advice, I recollect days of tantrums over the wrong coloured bowl and the dreaded ‘NO’ word being thrown around on a regular basis. It’s not easy to reason with little people who have not developed a [...]

2018-06-05T01:40:54+00:00June, 5th 2018|

Practical Life Skills Matter

When we think about the kinds of attributes we would like our children to possess in adulthood, ‘independence’ is probably close to the top of the list. However, the road to independence is paved with meltdowns, mess, and mundane routines that sometimes require incredible amounts of effort for slow pay off. If you take nothing [...]

2018-05-18T10:06:03+00:00May, 18th 2018|

4 ways to support your child through Naplan

It’s that time again… Naplan will take place in schools Australia wide during May. As a former teacher of Year 3 and now a parent of two Naplan aged children, I have seen firsthand the mounting pressure that this once-a-year event places on children, teachers, schools and families. The hours of direct teaching and preparation [...]

2018-05-07T10:38:46+00:00May, 5th 2018|

5 Tips to stay on top

My life is a timetabling nightmare – and I’m guessing I’m not the Lone Ranger there. With two children who have school and extra curricular activities 5 days a week, I have two jobs and a partner who works the best part of 12 hours a day (when he’s not travelling) – let’s just say [...]

2018-04-26T09:48:50+00:00April, 25th 2018|