Walking the fine line of step parenting

I’ve openly shared through Key to Kids that I am a step parent.  It still feels strange to say that, and it certainly is not something I ever thought I’d be.  I recall different people I encountered over the years mention that they had a partner with children from a [...]

October, 13th 2019|

4 Ways To Manage ‘The Mental Load’

I’ve just come back from 6 glorious days of holidays, and I’ve even had the opportunity to rest without my children.  This is definitely one of the perks of having a separated life from the father of my children – I don’t feel guilty because they need and want time [...]

October, 3rd 2019|

Avoid bad habits these school holidays with these 4 tips

Once again we are faced with the joy and dread of school holidays. I’m speaking personally when I say I’m celebrating the fact that I don’t have to have school lunch boxes ready, have uniforms washed and be constantly encouraging my kids to keep moving. But the dread might not [...]

September, 23rd 2019|

4 Reasons why your relationship is key to good parenting

Nothing puts strain on a relationship like children.  For many couples, we dream of the day we start our own family and when it finally happens, we dream of the time when we had time, space and sleep! While our kids bring love and often meaning to our lives, they [...]

August, 26th 2019|

3 Ways To Promote Positive Self-Talk To Your Child

"In a world where you can be anything, be kind” - Unknown. Such a powerful quote, yet a difficult one to instill in our children. Why?  Because many children are not kind to themselves, let alone those around them. According to Nathaniel Brandon in his book ‘The Psychology of Self [...]

August, 22nd 2019|

3 ways to set your child up for success in the mornings

Mornings can make or break us.  Every household is a little bit different but generally they all have one thing in common, and that’s a need to get out of the door and be somewhere by a certain time. Unlike nights, which can also be a parenting struggle, there’s more [...]

August, 5th 2019|

I love my children, but do I have to like them?

Sometimes our kids push us to the absolute edge.  There’s no end to our job as parents and at times it can seem unrewarding and relentless. When we are feeling run down and stressed out, we often lash out at our kids and yell, put down or even smack our [...]

July, 29th 2019|

Are screens really the evil in parenting?

There’s no denying that the world is a different place than what it was when we were kids. Even if we wanted to parent in the way our parents did, it would be close to impossible with the current influences our children now have on their lives. I want to [...]

July, 29th 2019|

5 Things Every Parent Must Know Before Their Child Starts School

It’s the time of year when I start to share information with families and kindies about their children getting ready for school.  Every year I start my presentation with a picture of my own two preppies, with knobbly knees and much-too-long shorts ready to embark on a whole new adventure. [...]

July, 19th 2019|

Bad parent, or real parent?

Before I was an actual mother, I was the best parent in the world. My kids would always eat their vegetables, they would never watch TV and we would have quality dinner time conversations starting with ‘Today I am grateful for’. I’m the first person to admit, this just didn’t [...]

June, 19th 2019|