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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 Esteem’, there is no value [...]

2019-08-22T15:34:27+10:00August, 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 of an urgency for things [...]

2019-07-29T16:11:14+10:00August, 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 children in retaliation to their [...]

2019-07-29T14:13:38+10:00July, 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 talk about screens and the [...]

2019-07-29T09:31:00+10:00July, 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. It blows me away each [...]

2019-07-19T11:22:29+10:00July, 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 pan out. I’m not sure [...]

2019-06-19T11:53:26+10:00June, 19th 2019|

Surviving the move: Parenting through huge life changes

This month’s feature blog comes to you from a shamble of a house.  I’ve just moved in and have boxes everywhere.  I can think of a million things I could be doing to get my life in order, but stopping and reflecting on the week that’s passed is more important right now. If you have [...]

2019-05-24T10:17:14+10:00May, 24th 2019|

Is filling every second of your day dragging you down?

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s life is an organisational nightmare.  I have calendars, diaries, checklist upon checklist to keep on top of my life.  And that’s just me – throw into the mix CHILDREN and those lists implode! I’m sure it wasn’t like this when I was growing up.  My mum did [...]

2019-04-01T14:08:12+10:00March, 28th 2019|

Why we need to let our kids cry it out

I’ve been a parent long enough now to know one thing for sure – there is no magic wand. Eager parents come along to my talks and workshops hoping to get that one key tip that will make their life eternally easier… I’m sorry to disappoint. Parenting is hard, relentless and ongoing. Faber & Mazlish [...]

2019-03-25T10:11:38+10:00March, 20th 2019|

A beginners guide to step parenting

As a mum of two kids, I have my hands full.  Dancing, footy, musical instruments, homework, play dates and family.  My life is full and busy and active.  And then I fell in love with a man who has three kids. In case you need help with the maths, 2 + 3 = 5.  FIVE [...]

2019-02-06T19:53:28+10:00February, 6th 2019|