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How strict should I be? calm parenting Aug 22, 2022

One of the biggest worries I always had  when my kids were little, was how to balance having rules and boundaries (I also call this positive discipline’) with allowing them to be free spirited.

I didn’t want to take a big boot and squash their spontaneity and ability to...

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When all the hard work raising kids pays off calm parenting Apr 11, 2022

This week I went on a mini trip to Bristol with my youngest daughter Alice.

I suspect that you aren't yet at the stage where you can take off with one of your children and have a really easy time of it.

I want to let you know that your time will come.

Hold on in there. 

It really is...

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What do do when your child says 'NO!' behaviour management boundaries for kids calm parenting following instructions Aug 09, 2021

It’s been a pretty dreary summer here in the UK with a lot of rain.

I don’t know about you but I’m not a fan of rain, especially the quantities we've had.

I remember one summer getting caught in a massive downpour at the playground with my kids and their cousins.

There was...

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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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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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