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A legacy for young women everywhere

Today is International Women's Day. Today, we think about the legacy of those before us, and the future that we are now creating for the next generations. If I could impart any wisdom to the young women of today and tomorrow, it would be this:   You have one voice, and it matters. Use it. Your worth does not depend on having [...]

Teaching kids the habit of toxic guilt

Guilt feels yuck. But in some instances, guilt is healthy. And it's important to distinguish healthy guilt, from toxic guilt - because toxic guilt eats away at our wellbeing, our happiness, and our relationships. Here's the distinction. Healthy guilt arises from our own action or inaction - like when we yell at the kids or [...]

The 75 most important words for kids (and adults)

I just celebrated my 36th birthday. I'm a year older, and I'm pretty sure I'm a bit wiser. Sometimes I think about going back in time to my younger self, and the advice I'd impart. Although I don't have a time machine (yet), I think I'd share words that would offer the greatest benefit to my life [...]

No, our kids are not ok

"You're ok". We need to delete this phrase from our parenting vocabulary. Picture this: A young child, contentedly playing at a park. He falls over. He cries. He runs to his parent. And his parent utters the words "you're ok". I get why we do this. We, with our mature brains and capacity for insight, [...]

By |2017-07-09T18:49:30+00:00November 24th, 2016|Categories: Behaviour, Children, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Positive parenting. Are we just rewarding kids for bad behaviour?

The style of parenting I promote has many names - gentle parenting, peaceful parenting, and positive parenting. Semantics aside, what these styles have in common is responsiveness - to ourselves as well as our children. Responsive parenting reflects not only our own practices, but also the type of relationship we wish to have with our [...]

By |2017-07-09T18:49:30+00:00September 21st, 2016|Categories: Children, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Five ways to help little kids with big feelings

Little kids experience lots of big feelings, like anger, frustration, overwhelm, worry, and sadness. On the inside, these feeling are uncomfortable and often scary. On the outside, they tend to manifest in the same way - crying, screaming, throwing, kicking, etc. Little kids feel emotions just as we do, but they don't have the insight [...]

The mother of all tantrums

Today, my son had the wildest, most epic tantrum of his young life. He's just turned two, which means that tantrums aren't unexpected. And it probably means that I haven't seen the worst of it yet, either. It all happened at lunchtime. He decided to eat lunch out of his bunny bowl, rather than his [...]

My three toddler-inspired NY resolutions

My toddler recently started walking. I've been watching his progress with interest, and not just because I'm his mum. Watching him learn to walk - and watching his approach to this new challenge - has been incredibly awe-inspiring. Because he has a great attitude to learning to walk. All children do. I've noticed that there [...]

Do you ever feel like you’re a “bad parent”? Read this:

Do you ever feel inadequate? Do you ever feel like you're stumbling through the minefield of parenthood, while everyone else has it together? You're not alone. In fact, every single one of us has these moments. Those moments where we feel like we're failing, flailing, or floundering. Anyone who doesn't, is either lying or kidding [...]

By |2017-07-09T18:49:31+00:00October 26th, 2015|Categories: Mental Health, Mindset, Parenting, Personal Development|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Coping with internet bullying

Online negativity is rampant. Whether it's just meanness, or outright bullying, it's everywhere. Some people say that we just need to toughen up. I do get where they're coming from - because these days, it's possible to respond with meanness and negativity to just about anything. Like the mum who posts a picture of her child on [...]