When the parenting tools don’t work

· As a well-read parent you know many of the strategies offered by parenting experts, you've bought the books and know the theory. But there is a sense that despite the best will in the world, the tools are not enough. This is a familiar but less talked about block to parenting more consciously ·

These days it is pretty easy to know a lot about many things. On social media the squares are filled with sage advice, memes and expert opinion neatly presented and easy to agree with in theory. Yet, one thing is to be able to wrap our intellectual mind around a concept – it is quite…

Who’s responsible for the atmosphere in your home?

· When our children start speaking to us in ways that we don't like it is time to get curious. Yet, often we respond to disrespectful language and harsh attitudes like it is our child's job to change the tune. Here's why this approach will make you wait a long time, and what you can do right now to re-boot unwanted dynamics ·

Responsibility. It feels like a heavy word. But for a parent the concept of responsibility isn’t exactly foreign. From the moment we meet our little human we are acutely aware of our responsibility. Which is why we do everything we do from; Making sure they have a balanced diet, that they brush their teeth, they…

Manners… please!

· We can make our child say 'please and thank you' but we cannot make our child feel grateful. How then, do we go about raising genuinely grateful children who are able to offer a sincere apology? ·

One of the many things I love about British culture is the politeness. The many phrases available in the English language express gratitude and apology. Contrast that by my native Denmark where we take a more relaxed to manners. For starters, the word ‘please’ doesn’t exist in the Danish language. I am pro manners, as…

Is your toddler driving you crazy?

· The toddler years are trying for a parent. One minute they are sweet and adorable and the next they erupt in emotions that make it hard for us to keep a cool head and warm heart. Whether you parent a toddler or anyone who behaves like one, this will help you to steer the ship during the big storms ·

“I can’t take it anymore” This mum had had enough of her son’s volatile outbursts and hurtful language. One minute he would stroke her face lovingly, and the next he would slap her and scream because she told him to stop using her as a climbing frame. “He is so demanding and he just does…

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