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3 Ways To Support Your Kids Return to School

No one could have predicted the roller coaster that 2020 would present. After an horrendous start with fires and floods, a world pandemic smacked us in the face. For many of our little people, this meant settling into a new school year, only to have the rugged pulled from under their feet. Just when we [...]

2020-05-17T16:06:55+10:00May, 17th 2020|

Don’t want to teach your kids? Then don’t.

You didn’t sign up for this. I heard the collective sighs of ‘WTF’ upon hearing the news that education is to take place at home.  I am a qualified teacher and I was one of those people!  I want to be my kids' mum – not their teacher. Regardless of government objectives and instructions, I [...]

2020-04-17T09:40:58+10:00April, 17th 2020|

5 Ways To Keep Structure At Home During Isolation

If you’re like me your eyes are glued to the media, learning how the latest updates of this crazy pandemic will impact on our lives.  It started a while ago as something ‘other people’ have to worry about, but quickly nudged its way into our every day living… so much so that our busy lives [...]

2020-04-05T14:47:42+10:00April, 5th 2020|

3 Ways To React When Your Kids Are Trying To Kill Each Other

It starts from a very early age.  The yells and screams from the next room, shortly followed by tears and ‘MUUUUUMMMMMM!’ You guessed it, siblings at war. Why are our kids so determined to win the battle against the person who they supposedly love?  It can be over the smallest thing but neither will budge [...]

2020-02-02T14:33:44+10:00January, 31st 2020|

5 Ways To Juggle a Family And Work Successfully

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 [...]

2019-10-26T16:43:26+10:00October, 26th 2019|

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 previous marriage and I never [...]

2019-11-05T07:10:51+10:00October, 13th 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 also take up most of [...]

2019-09-03T13:50:32+10:00August, 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 Esteem’, there is no value [...]

2019-08-22T15:34:27+10:00August, 22nd 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|