Stop to savour this heroic moment. Maybe you got clocked in the ear with a flying shoe, and you took a deep breath instead of saying the choice word that came to mind. Maybe you smiled and muttered some reassuring words as you mopped a full glass of water off your...
Don’t blame yourself when anger hits

Don’t blame yourself when anger hits

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...
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...
How to stay calm when life gets crazy

How to stay calm when life gets crazy

Most parents say that the hardest moments of their day happen after school, and it’s no wonder. Sometimes it’s just a little moment that triggers intense frustration, and sends us right over the edge.  We do our best to keep it together, to solve problems as they pop...

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