If you’re like most parents, you worry about the future. You’re afraid that your disrespectful twelve-year-old will become a juvenile delinquent or that your defiant eight-year-old will become even more difficult to manage as a teenager. You also worry about how to remain the most influe...Read How To Influence Your Kids for Good
Would you like to see your children:Taking greater initiative at home and school? Able to put themselves in others’ shoes? Taking more responsibility for their actions? Valuing togetherness as a family and wanting to spend more time with you? Consistently treating peers, adults and themselve... Read Character is the Key
Ok. I admit to bubble wrapping my kids. But in my defense, I also work really hard at considering how much of me saying “no” is fuelled by separation anxiety versus what makes logical sense.
When I was conducting research for my first book, “Am I a normal parent?” I asked par...Read Confessions from a bubble wrapping mother
A new year is a great excuse for starting fresh. My fresh start for 2012 is to begin the process of letting go of some of my mothering responsibilities. Now that my children are older (12 and twenty) and fully capable of making their own beds, for example, or bringing their laundry hampers into the ...Read A fresh start for 2012 – letting go of some mothering responsibilities
When Chloe, my twelve year old daughter was about four, she stood in front of her full length mirror admiring her reflection. When she saw me standing in the doorway, she smiled and said, “I love myself.” My heart was filled to overflowing as I heard her expression of self love and I tho...Read Helping your child develop healthy self esteem
If “The best things in life aren’t things” as the plaque (ironically, another “thing”) on my desk reminds me, then why do I have so many things? Why do my children have so many things and why do I continue to buy things? I’m sure If’m not alone in asking the...Read Modelling appreciation for things we have
By now, your child has likely chosen and settled into extra curricular activities that many fill their after school and weekend hours with. My 12 year old, Chloe’s choice, is a no brainer. She’d dance at Attitudes Dance and Performing Arts Studio every night of the week if she could. Eac...Read Quitting a program – how much say should your child have?
Ask any school aged child, parent or teacher and you’ll likely hear that of all the school weeks, this is the most anxiety provoking. For children, there may be anxiety about how well they’re going to get along with the other students in their classroom, how much they’re going to l...Read First Week Back To School Jitters