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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|

Why We Need To Fight With Our Kids

It’s never nice to experience conflict.  When it comes to our kids, there are many reasons for us to feel frustrated… leaving the towel on the floor, the dishes in the sink, attitude and rolling eyes – the list goes on. While we all strive to have amazing relationships with our children, it’s important that [...]

2019-10-26T16:44:46+10:00October, 26th 2019|

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 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 with their dad. Having said [...]

2019-10-03T15:31:50+10:00October, 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 be what you think. I [...]

2019-09-23T12:59:12+10:00September, 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 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|

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|