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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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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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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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