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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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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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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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Supernanny or Super Mama?

I wrote this piece in response to criticism mothers often have directed at us about how we raise our children 'these days', and in particular to the popular parent-helper Supernanny. It explains the crucial parent/child bond - different to the nanny/child bond - and how this is the blueprint for all later relationships. A re you tired of hearing how mothers 'these days' do not ...
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My First Tween Issue: Ear Piercing

To pierce or not to pierce. Parents have to make all kinds of decisions about when and if to allow something their child wants, and when to allow ear piercing is what this post is about. M y eldest daughter, who has just turned ten, is leading me into the unexplored territory of tweenhood. The term ‘tween’, and probably also the life stage, didn’t ...