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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...
I always hoped I'd be the kind of parent who was patient and encouraging.
I mean when my kids were learning to walk I was right there saying 'come on.... you can do it!'
Did I ever say ‘Aren’t you a bit too old to still be crawling'?
or 'Look, your brother was much younger when he...
I felt a tap on the shoulder at school pick up
'Can I have a word Mrs McGill?'
My heart sank.
In these situations you know it can only be bad news and you immediately start to doubt your parenting abilities and blame yourself for whatever your child has got up to.
My son Nico's teacher...
One day on the way back from nursery when my daughter was little, I sensed something wasn't right. We stopped to sit on a park bench and her eyes welled up with tears.
'Nobody would play with me today, they said I was a baby and couldn't join in their games'.
I felt a terrible stab in my heart...
Have you ever had the horrible realisation that you might be in danger of raising a 'spoilt child'.
I'm not crazy about the word 'spoilt' what I mean is over-indulged by us- but here's a little check list:
- Are they overly demanding and scream or hit you when they don't get what they want...
Researchers say they may now have scientifically proven that a child whining is one of the most distracting sounds on the planet.
Worse than the unpleasant screeches of a table saw catching repeatedly on a piece of wood. Even harder to ignore than cringe-inducing exaggerated baby-talk of...
One of the questions I get asked the most frequently is 'Why won't my child just the simple things like brushing her teeth or getting in the bath?'
Do you have these frustrations?
As many of you know, when Nico my eldest was 2 ½ we got help with our parenting as he was such a...
I don’t know about you but I never planned to be the kind of parent that shouted at my children.
I planned to be chilled, calm, patient and kind.
Yet I found that my anger and impatience would boil up like a pressure cooker.
And I’d wind up shouting.
It would usually be after...
We are going through hugely stressful situations.
The worst many of us will have ever experienced and yet we still have a choice.
We can get into a vicious cycle of feeling negative, irritated by our children and then snapping at them for the tiniest thing.
They then feel unloved and...
If you are worried about disappointing your children on Christmas day - read on for inspiration for rituals that don't cost you anything
Remember, a month or two after Christmas you’ll find that your children barely ever remember what they have been given. What they do remember...
It is unrealistic to expect our kids not to get excited about we might give them at this time of year, rather than what they might give us. They are so often asked what they want or what they are getting, they are bombarded with advertisements showing them happy children receiving...
‘How DARE you speak to me like that?’
Have you said this to your child?
When children are rude to us it lights a touch paper and makes our blood boil.
How can someone so small have the audacity to speak to an adult like that – namely their parents?
Often we don’t see what...