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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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Our Child’s Inner Critic

Our Child’s Inner Critic

When our kids say things like “I’m not pretty” or “I’m so dumb” we can easily worry that it is a reflection of how they feel about themselves in general and non-usefully project forward visualising them as teens all bound up in angst and self-hate head to toe in black...

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Connecting through Complimenting

Connecting through Complimenting

Whether our kids are unsure of themselves or brimming with confidence, it is useful to think about the way we connect with them through compliments. I will include a link to a TED talk below, in which Cheryl Ferguson, a music teacher from Winnipeg in Canada who beams...

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Ready for big school

Ready for big school

One minute we are birthing them, the next we are buying sensible black shoes and prepping them for big school.  Like at any time of transition… the emotion that sits around this event has the potential to blow out as our parenting fears send us a bit wobbly.

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Who hassled you today?

Who hassled you today?

If you have had kids coming home from school or preschool telling you they are getting a hard time from someone there then you will know that that situation it is a real rattler.  For them… and for us.   This month’s blog on this topic is super short.  ...

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Setting Limits (clearly and kindly)

Setting Limits (clearly and kindly)

They can’t hear reason while they are escalated but their brain will be scanning for connected warmth. Be as connected and as warm as that day you are able to be while holding to the limits and your closeness will anchor them.

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