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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+10:00September 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 [...]

Why won’t the tantrums stop?

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I favour connection and presence in dealing with behaviour challenges. The irony of tantrums and emotional meltdowns is that they're the moments when our kids need us the most - and yet their behaviour is the most off-putting. Kicking, screaming, yelling, crying, hitting, biting, and [...]

By |2017-07-09T18:49:31+10:00March 5th, 2016|Categories: Children, Maternal health, Parenting|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

But I turned out ok…

There's so many ways to raise kids, some better than others. Parenting is very different now than even one generation ago. We used to rely on the wisdom of our families and community. Now, our community is global - and it means that we have access to an inordinate amount of knowledge. Some of it wise, and some of it less [...]

By |2017-07-09T18:49:32+10:00March 15th, 2015|Categories: Children, Mental Health, Parenting|Tags: , , , |7 Comments