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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+00:00March, 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+00:00March, 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+00:00February, 6th 2019|

I never meant to be a single parent

Recently I disclosed on my Key to Kids Facebook page that I was a single parent.  These were words that I never thought I’d need to put into a sentence, let alone go through the process of adjusting my children to a world where their parents live in separate houses. Very few people intentionally embark [...]

2019-02-06T19:52:00+00:00February, 6th 2019|

Send your kids back to school with a smile using these 5 tips

Ready or not, school is about to start for another year.  For some parents this will come with a sigh of relief, but for others a sadness or anxiety about the conveyor belt of life cranking up once more. Regardless of which camp you are in, there are a few things you can do to [...]

2019-01-22T11:33:14+00:00January, 22nd 2019|

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|

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|