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Yelling Shame

Yelling Shame

The most common thing for parents I meet with to be stressed and shamed about is their yelling. They report being mightily confused and confronted by how they can calmly manage a team of staff at work only to elevate into a shrieking hot mess around that particular...

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Our Child’s Anger

Our Child’s Anger

We are all trying to raise kids who can manage their anger. In order for them to grow that skill we need to let them feel the feeling so they can experientially learn how to navigate it.  Day-to-day life will deal them a bazillion opportunities to navigate anger if we...

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Our OWN back-to-school needs

Our OWN back-to-school needs

How in heck are ‘our own back-to-school needs’ and respect/gratitude related? Well – last year my most hotly asked questions were ‘How do I teach my child gratitude?’ followed closely by ‘How do I teach my child respect’ from parents looking hopefully at me to tell...

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School Holiday Teachable Moments

School Holiday Teachable Moments

Christmas is over. New Years has been and gone. For many families the family holiday away has passed as well. Still to come for many of the families I work with are weeks and weeks of juggling being back at work while at the same time keeping the kids adequately...

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5 tips for going into these school holidays strong

5 tips for going into these school holidays strong

Parents all across town are nervous.  Fair enough.  We haven’t done an Easter break like this before but we have relationship with our family we can draw on and I’m sitting these five tips here for you to consider as you think through how you are going to best...

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The Glorification of Busy

The Glorification of Busy

A theme in my world this month has been the juggle parents have of doing all that they have committed to, AND providing their children (and themselves) the time it takes to tune in. Maybe it is on my radar because jumping through the required hoops of the Love...

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Parenting through the Barrage of Conflicting Information

Parenting through the Barrage of Conflicting Information

A huge theme this month has been all the ‘conflicting information’ we encounter as parents. Over and over again there has been glaring examples of how much our parenting stress amps-up when we try and navigate these mixed messages. It came up big-time in last week’s...

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How Do Families That Thrive Do It?

How Do Families That Thrive Do It?

‘Take time OUT of your business to work ON your business’ is something I constantly hear as pivotal to success in entrepreneurville (which I entered in April this year when I left my 10 yr government-funded position as a Parenting Worker to launch Love Parenting)....

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When your kids want to quit

When your kids want to quit

Imagine this – it is Sunday. You are just back from a fabulous holiday and the back to work dread has crept in. You moan to your partner, saying you wish you didn’t have to work tomorrow and how ready you are to quit that place. You KNOW you have to go, and that you...

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Our relationships with our kids are complex.  Often there is one we just find so eaaaasy. And one who we just don’t find easy. Life gets hard when this dynamic exacerbates. If you can relate to this, and are feeling the stress from it, then listen in here for a chat I...

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What a year to have parented through

What a year to have parented through

Crikey! If you are a parent looking to leave behind all you can in 2020 then here is a simple family activity for you: Choose a moment in time between now and the end of the year. After school on the last day of term works well. Or as you set off on a family holiday....

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Sometimes my partner’s disciplining scares me

Sometimes my partner’s disciplining scares me

Maybe you are familiar with this situation – standing to one side cringing at the level of emotion that your partner is dishing out to your child.  Every molecule of you reacting to the fact it has gotten more physical or more shame-evoking than you know is useful and...

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