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Dealing with School Bullying

If your child has been bullied at school, or if you've noticed their behaviour and personality has changed, it's worth looking at how their teacher relates with and regards your child. You might also want to consider whether the teacher takes action to investigate the relationship dynamics in the classroom. It can make the world of difference to your child, as I discovered with ...
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Motherhood and Spirituality: A New Kind of Enlightenment

Motherhood and spirituality, including enlightenment-seeking, are for most people unrelated. And the search for spiritual enlightenment is seen as an individual activity or something you do together with other seekers, and almost always separately to family life. So when a woman becomes a mother, she usually gives up or puts on hold any spiritual and enlightenment ambitions.  In my book Enlightenment Through ...
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How to be a Good Parent When You Believe You’re Being a Bad Parent

Feeling sick? Tired? Irritable? Know you're going to be a bad parent today? Here's how to be a good parent even when you believe you're being a bad parent. Iwoke up yesterday morning with the head cold my kids had been passing to each other over the last few weeks, a massive headache and tiredness from not having slept well because my youngest had ...
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Paid Parental Leave And Child Care – What About Stay At Home Parents?

Paid parental leave and child care - are these a women's issue or a family issue or a broader societal issue? How do we make the system fair for everyone, including single income families and single parents?  While watching the Australian current affairs show Q&A where the audience asks panel members questions, a viewer's tweet appeared on screen twittering something along the lines of 'It's not fair if women ...
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Responding to Your Child Crying When They’re Upset

When you see your child is upset and is crying, your natural response is probably to make them feel better, and this usually translates into stopping them crying. There is another approach, which involves supporting your child to cry it all out. This honours their feelings and enables your child to process them fully. The advantages of this in the long term are priceless. ...
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How to Handle Picky Eaters More Easily

One of the biggest challenges with raising children is getting them to eat the foods you want them to eat. A powerful tool you can use to make mealtimes less frustrating and more enjoyable is to pay attention to who in you is invested in the particular meal and in your children's dietary regime in general. Here's how I've used this ...
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The Heroine’s Journey of Childbirth

Oprah once interviewed the legendary Jean Houston on her show Super Soul Sunday, where they discussed the Hero's Journey, and how each one of us is called in our lives to undertake such a journey in order to become more of who we really are. It reminded me how the Hero's Journey they described is exactly what I experienced when I gave birth ...
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Children as Consciousness Teachers

Your children can teach you more about yourself and about life than most adults can. I've found they can even teach you more than the most revered spiritual and personal growth teachers. If you approach parenting with this attitude of honouring your children as teachers for you, the rewards you gain are priceless. This type of parenting has come to be defined as Conscious Parenting and has become popularised since Dr Shefali Tsabary ...
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How to Support the Development of Your Child’s Personality

Various factors contribute to the nature of your child's personality but your attitude toward your child will determine how their personality develops and whether it flourishes. Here's a way to support the unique expression of your child's personality that can also offer you valuable lessons for your own personal growth. E very day it amazes me to see the different personalities of my children, and how with ...
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Should Parents Stand United When Raising Their Children – Even If They Disagree?

Here are some thoughts on the conventional ‘rule’ that parents must have the same parenting style and always agree with one another when raising and disciplining their children. M y own parents were absolute opposites – Dionysian and Apollonian energies personified. My mother was a highly intellectual and serious woman who valued learning and studying above all else. She often told me ...