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To raise well-adjusted kids, two words are all you need

To raise well-adjusted kids, two words are all you need

Forgive me the clicky headline, but this is important. I'll confess upfront that two words are probably not all you need to raise well-adjusted kids. You also need bucket loads of patience and a Teflon-like ego. Even well-adjusted kids are a handful. However, there...

How to stop worrying about what other people think

How to stop worrying about what other people think

There's a theme that keeps coming up the more I talk to my fellow mums about parenting: we worry way too much about being judged. In fact, while we talk a lot about mums of newborns feeling judged, worrying about what other people think seems to become more of a...

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Is there anything more frustrating than other kids' parents? I mean, we are each others' biggest support, but so often our biggest hurdle too. It makes my blood boil when other kids' parents let them do really stupid things. Because then my kid wants to do them too. I...

What raising a kid with anxiety taught me about parenting

What raising a kid with anxiety taught me about parenting

"Happy children are all alike; every unhappy child is unhappy in its own way." With respect to Mr Tolstoy, I can't think of a better way to summarise why it's so hard parenting a special-needs kid. In my case, it's a kid with anxiety, but anxiety looks...

18 things I’ve learned while parenting six children

18 things I’ve learned while parenting six children

While I’m not a perfect father, I think I’m pretty good at it. Mostly because I absolutely love it. I don’t consider myself a parenting expert, but I have helped raise six kids (along with their mothers), and being a father has been one of the most rewarding...

How to adapt your parenting to support tweens and teens

How to adapt your parenting to support tweens and teens

Parenting is a BIG job. Just when you think you've got it figured out, suddenly your child is moving onto the next stage and you're frantically trying to read the road map. Once we’ve finally mastered parenting young kids - all those nappies. sleepless nights, big...

Parenting teens: “I was part of the problem”

Parenting teens: “I was part of the problem”

It can be hard to accept as an adult parenting teens that perhaps you are part of the problem. The ‘problem’ being the repetitive arguments that start with a niggle (bedroom a bombsite, clean laundry chucked into the bottom of the wardrobe), and escalate to a...

4 lessons in strength based parenting

4 lessons in strength based parenting

When my son’s school announced that they’d arranged for Dr Lea Waters, founding director of Melbourne-based Centre for Positive Psychology and author of The Strength Switch, to present on strength based parenting, I was interested. ‘Strength based parenting’, was a...

5 techniques I’m using to stop criticising my kids

5 techniques I’m using to stop criticising my kids

I'm a terrible nagger of my children, and I know I'm not alone in needing to stop criticising my kids. "As parents, we are, unwittingly, too critical of our children," says Dr Kenneth Barish, author of Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Emotions...

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Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Boomstickalardass Mars Bar slice

Here’s a treat – the Mars Bar slice. Take a Mars Bar and add butter to it then stir in some puffed rice and then coat the lot in chocolate. Oh lordy, it’s like taking a murmur and turning it into a heart attack, but in a totally fine way. This is quite simply the...

The parenting mistake we’re probably all guilty of making

The parenting mistake we’re probably all guilty of making

It's no doubt the #1 response parents make when they ask what they want for their kids in life: "I just want my child to be happy." “I just want my child to be happy.” We mean it wholeheartedly when we say it. Then we leave that happiness to chance. We talk to our...

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