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10 secrets for successful travel with kids family holiday travel with kids vacations with children vacations with kids Aug 03, 2021

We were once returning from a trip to Italy many years ago when we just had the two boys.

Felix was 2 and Nico was 4 .

Felix had missed his nap and the flight was delayed so we were fairly doomed from the get-go!

He wouldn’t eat any of the food at the airport and by the time we go on the plane he...

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Are you having a laugh...? Jul 27, 2021

 

Sometimes it is just worth having a laugh with your kids.

 I think a lot about parenting – well I guess I would as it is my work – and as I’m around my kids a lot (yes, all four still living at home) I am constantly evaluating and testing what works best. ...

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He threw an apple at Granny's head behaviour management helping kids cope with strong emotions summer camps Jul 20, 2021

At this time of year, quite a few parents are sending their kids to summer activity camps. If you are lucky enough to get away on holiday, there might be a kids' club there.

Some children skip off happily and others are a lot more reluctant.

When my eldest son Nico was 5, I signed him up for...

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I felt so embarassed Jul 13, 2021

Scarlett, aged 4, looked at me and threw the cup of water on the floor.

Then my mother in law said

‘You are a very naughty girl’

And Scarlett replied

‘I don’t care. I don’t like you anyway, why are you here?’ 

Oh dear… who has had that? That...

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I was in a such a bad mood how to get kids to listen to us. how to talk respectfully to kids. how to manage anger Jul 06, 2021

I was really irritated a couple of days ago. I’d had a spat with my husband and I was feeling so annoyed with him.

It is a pretty rare couple that doesn’t argue but boy is it hard when you do, isn't it?

Anyway, where was I?

Oh yes. SO I was really preoccupied by this argument and...

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It's all your fault behaviour management boundaries for kids calm parenting compassionate parenting emotional intelligence managing misbehaviour positive discipline Jun 08, 2021

My mother’s favourite expression is ‘A mother’s place is in the wrong’

 It makes me smile and it is so easy to slip into guilt around motherhood and be tempted to fix things when they’ve gone wrong.

 I has certainly felt like that for me.

 I...

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But I wanted chocolate ice cream avoiding tantrums compassionate parenting emotional intelligence emotional outbursts firm parenting raising resilient kids Jun 01, 2021

I remember my parenting coach telling me that it wasn't my job to make my child happy and I felt really shocked by that.

What's the point in having kids if we don't want them to have a happy life?

If you want to raise a well-rounded, emotionally well-balanced child then you’ll want to read...

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I made a big mistake compassionate parenting dealing with bullying how to have a close relationship with your child my child is being bullied parental guilt positive parenting May 28, 2021

When my eldest son Nico was 9 we made the decision to move him from his cosy primary school to an all boy’s school that we felt would suit him better academically.

He was the kind of child who sucked up information like a sponge.

He would inform us of the most amazing facts.

He poured over...

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The BEST banana bread banana bread banana loaf best banana loaf cooking with children cooking with kids healthy banana bread the best banana bread recipe ways to use bananas May 17, 2021

I went to a cafe today with my husband today and he ordered their banana bread with our coffee.

We were having an impromptu 'date' after a visit to the dentist.

I love banana bread and was really excited to eat it.

Isn't it funny how small things like that can give you pleasure?

Except it...

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Raising kids with strong mental health emotional intelligence emotionally intelligent kids kids mental health positive discipline raising resilient kids raising strong kids May 11, 2021

For mental health awareness week, I met Heather Rutherford for an instagram live Q&A. Heather runs The Parenting Partnership and is an old friend and colleague.

Heather and I have 7 children between us and have raised our children using gentle parenting with firm boundaries. We were talking...

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Helping a child calm down calm parenting compassionate parenting dealing with tantrums emotional outbursts empathetic parenting gentle parenting help a child with tantrums helping kids cope with strong emotions kids aggression meltdowns outbursts toddler tantrums Apr 20, 2021

I was listening to a great podcast today - I highly recommend it - by Erin Royer and is called Your Village, Parenting Beyond Discipline.

I wanted to tell you about something Erin suggested - it's especially helpful if you have a child who is prone to emotional outburst but it could be lovely...

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Happy child, happy learner Mar 30, 2021

As parents we often feel overwhelmed by the responsibility for making sure our child gets the best education and we want to make sure that we get it right.

I learnt something interesting many years ago. In French the word ‘Education’ means educating the child in the widest sense of...

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