We can identify many habits in the way we work, live and parent. Some habits serve us incredibly well. It can be really productive and positive if we can develop habits such as regular exercise, eating as a family at the dinner table, getting to work on time, eating healthy or turning the Wi-Fi off in our home at a particular time every evening.Read more
How do I help my child?
Has your child ever randomly changed a behaviour or surprised you with an out-of-the-blue response? Have you ever been completely floored by the teenager who unexpectedly made you breakfast in bed or even by the toddler who has always done grocery shopping so well but then inexplicably throws tantrum of the year one day in the fruit and veg section? I bet you have.Read more
When parents and carers learn that a child in their family is experiencing bullying, finding the right words to use can be among the most challenging aspects of the journey of being a parent and carer. Interestingly this tongue-tied feeling is just as acute whether a child is being bullied or whether a child has been engaging in bullying behaviours.Read more
One of the most common complaints of parents and carers is that children have a messy bedroom. This can particularly come into play when raising a teenager. Part of the pattern of failed attempts in the clean bedroom endeavour is entirely your own creation. It’s because you keep speaking to big concepts, such as responsibility, such as respect, such as tolerance and hoping that your child will get it. There is a problem in getting your children to clean their room because you are not being specific enough about what you want.Read more
All parents and carers have frequent or at least occasional concerns about whether their child is being bullied at school, in the neighbourhood or online. It is important that parents and carers do whatever they can to prevent bullying and to be proactive about it. Preparing your children to respond well if bullying presents in their lives is challenging, and the preference is to be proactive rather than reactive. It is far more helpful to work on prevention than to wait until emotional damage is done.Read more