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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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Is the idea of potty training weighing you down? easy potty training gentle potty training how to toilet train a toddler potty training potty training made easy potty training problems pottylearning pottytrainingtips successful potty training tipsforpottytraining toilet training toilettraining Mar 24, 2021

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...

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Kids who speak up for themselves bullying compassionate parenting confident children confident kids emotional intelligence empowering kids gentle parenting giving kids a voice independent kids resilient kids standing up for yourself Mar 16, 2021

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...

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Raising strong kids compassionate parenting emotional intelligence gentle parenting helping kids with emotions kids being bullied raising resilient kids raising strong kids resilience resilient kids Mar 09, 2021

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...

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How to raise an appreciative child Mar 02, 2021

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...
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Will you please STOP WHINING! behaviour management defiant children defiant kids managing a difficult child managing misbehaviour misbehaviour poor behaviour toddler tantrums whining Feb 02, 2021

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...

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