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We were really happy when Felix, our second child came along. Nico was so sweet with him.
He wanted to hold him, stroke him, show him off.
We felt like we’d done it all right.
That we'd produced a lovely playmate for him.
We felt that because we’d been so...
“No one else’s child behaves as badly as mine”
Have you ever felt that?
You imagine other households and think that their children sit at the table and eat their food without a fuss.
- They don’t run in the opposite direction when it is time to wash their hands.
So is ‘Time-out’ any better than the ‘Naughty step’?
Firstly, I am against the naughty step for a number of reasons –
It gives the child the label ‘naughty’ and kids live up to a negative label. Even if you describe it as ‘naughty...
It is so easy to get into petty squabbles that turn into full blown fights and before we know it, it can get nasty.
My husband Paul and I have been married 24 years – I know, that seems like a lifetime!
We’ve navigated four children through years of breastfeeding, nappy changing,...
In this week’s blog I’m going to tell you about my clients Jenna and Ed who did my Tailored Support Package private sessions with me. It is such privilege to do the work. Every client is special to me and I get such pleasure from helping them transform their family life.
I just heard the inspirational speaker James Shone who founded 'I can and I am' a charity that inspires children (and adults) to focus on what they can do, not on their weaknesses. James was inspired by the psychologist Carole Dwek who writes extensively about growth...
As a potty training consultant, one of the questions I get asked the most from frustrated parents is "why can't I get my child to poo on the potty?'
I was in this position many years ago with my second child and it drove my husband and me to distraction.
We took a very long time to...
Have you been in the situation where your child digs their heels in and refuses to say sorry?
This situation is usually worse when it is in front of another parent, a grandparent or worse still a teacher.
You get a refusal or they say 'sorrreeeee', with no meaning in it at all. This feels...
I talked in last week’s blog about the guilt we feel as parents.
What I didn’t mention is the tactic we so often use which is to try to make our kids feel guilt or shame. Wanting to make our kids feel bad for what they’ve done. We even want to make them cry to ensure they've...
So many parents find themselves consumed by guilt. They often tell me they've felt guilty from pregnancy onwards 'Should I have had the odd glass of wine and soft cheese? Is that why my toddler is so aggressive?'
Do you find the minute you add ‘Should’ you back yourself...
When kids make mistakes, we feel so frustrated and usually say something like:
‘I TOLD YOU THIS WOULD HAPPEN!’
‘WHY DON’T YOU LISTEN TO ME?’
‘NOW LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE. YOU ARE SO XXXX’ (FILL IN THE BLANKS)
So how should we respond?