Don’t blame yourself when you start losing your temper. Do this instead. An extra-hard kick to the back of your chair. Your child’s voice shouting: “I don’t care!”  Your great-grandmother’s favourite teacup smashed on the floor. One moment, you’re just annoyed, and...
What truly motivates my child?

What truly motivates my child?

I’m stuck. I can’t persuade him. She won’t listen. She just doesn’t care. As parents, we want to do our absolute best to help our kids. We want them to learn how to get along with others, and make the most of their opportunities. Unfortunately, that can be...
The uncomfortable truth about removing privileges

The uncomfortable truth about removing privileges

Overheard in a discussion group for parents: “I’ve taken away his XBox for the whole weekend, but he just smiles.” “I can’t motivate her. Her bedroom is basically empty at this point.” When we want our kids to learn a hard lesson or make an important change in their...
5 Hidden Reasons for Challenging Behaviour

5 Hidden Reasons for Challenging Behaviour

Why do children do such unexpected and frankly baffling things when it would be SO MUCH EASIER to just listen to a grown-up? If you have stood at the door, shaking your head while your child rushes around to collect a suddenly VERY IMPORTANT object, or waited at the...

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