Whose script does your family live by?

· Often it is not our own. Bombarded with expert advice on everything from our sex life to co-sleeping it is little wonder it can be hard to feel like a 'good enough mum'. ·

Few things attract more opinion and give rise to more debate than does parenthood and family life. With social media at our finger tips and expert advice, statistics and studies on ‘right parenting’ and the recipe for a good marriage filling every lifestyle magazine – it is perhaps little wonder that we often loose contact…

Go to sleeeeep

· Bedtime is often a family's stress zone. Is there a magic formula to putting kids to bed? What's the 'right' routine? And how do I get my child to sleep? While there is no one size fits all approach to this aspect of family life - doing these 3 things is going get your child to want to cooperate with you ·

For those of us with children under 10 bedtime is often the most dreaded part of the day. You may even feel yourself tensing up as you take your first step towards bedtime – contemplating how to best rally the troops on this last home run before ‘me time’ and Netflix and the sofa calls….

3 tips to combat sibling rivalry

· Possibly the most volatile relationship of all. Siblings express the whole palette of emotions in the space of minutes. One minute they laugh and look like the best of friends - and the next they literally want to destroy each other. What is this about? And how can we as parents support this relationship? ·

Witnessing your children getting on, laughing together and chatting as if they were the best of friends is possibly one of the best feelings in the world. For a moment, it feels like you’ve succeeded as a parent. This is what it’s all about it, isn’t it!? I’m afraid to be the bearer of bad…

Does your “easy” child get too little attention?

Most parents of more than one child will find that they have what you could term one ‘easy’ child. Your ‘easy’ child doesn’t fuss. At least not as much as your more strong-willed child. Your ‘easy’ child tends to get on with things, follows instructions willingly and has an amenable temperament that the whole family…

Things you need to know about your shy child

· Being shy and introverted is not also easy for a child in a world that celebrates extroversion and favours those who love to perform. As the parent of a shy child it can feel tempting to push your child into situations that make them overcome their shyness - and overlook the fact that extroversion is no more valuable than introversion and that shyness serves an important function ·

Shyness is common in young children. Many toddlers will hide behind their parent’s leg, sucking their thumb or looking away when other people (especially strangers) address them. Especially when around well meaning strangers or children who aren’t quite so shy it can feel so tempting to lure our child out – putting them in the…

Are you trying to do it all?

· Being told to adopt a self-care routine while in a global lock down can feel like a bad joke. Yet another thing to add to the mounting to do list at a time when we're having to be so many things to so many people all at once. But I argue that we need to think of self-care as much more than lengthy gym sessions or bath sessions. ·

Baths, coffee with a girl friend and trips to the hair salon or nail spa feature on many a mum’s list of self-care practices; – things that help us fill our own cup. After all, – looking after ourselves is important. We all got that memo. Perhaps you – like I – have succeeded somewhat…

My child is lying

· What are we to do when we catch our kids lying - despite being very clear that lying isn't acceptable? The temptation is to want to punish. But before you get furious - you do well to get curious and ask yourself these game changing questions ·

Most parents are filled with dread when we catch our child lying. Especially if we notice that this isn’t a one off – but something our child does regularly despite our pleas to tell the truth. Instead of getting curious – we get furious. Blinded by the act itself we forget that lying is rarely…

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