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…

Not child friendly after 8pm

· Rarely do we feel overcome with anger out of the blue. Anger sneaks up on us - in imperceptible little steps - when we ignore our own boundaries over a period of time. And as parenting through a global pandemic and lockdown is a first for all of us - it is not always easy to know what is okay with us and what isn't - until it's too late. What can we do when we've hit the red zone? ·

Nearly a month into lockdown and social distancing – my family life is beginning to pivot around some slightly different routines and practices. The standard 8pm – lights out – NETFLIX on, cuddle with the hubby on the sofa – has begun to look more like – watching more kid friendly programs in the evening,…

About

I'm your coach. Your mentor. Your family advisor. I’m the one who guides you in the direction of the parent that you wish to be.

Newsletter

Sign up for my Newsletter

Sign up for my weekly newsletter to learn about upcoming events and family related inspiration

Upcoming Events
  1. Boost your child’s self-esteem (webinar)

    August 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
PARENTING SUCCESS WORKSHOPS

Sign up for my Newsletter

Sign up for my weekly newsletter to learn about upcoming events and family related inspiration