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22Jul
2015
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Kits in the Kitchen

Courtesy of Joe Bloggs There’s a drum kit sitting smack bang in the middle of my kitchen at the moment. We’re talking bass drum, snare, tom-tom, and a hi-hat. Why is it in my kitchen? It seemed like a good idea at the time. If you ask my Beloved, that is. If you ask me

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25Feb
2015
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Unreal TV

Guest Blog by Joe Bloggs   I don’t know about you, but I find a guilty pleasure in watching television shows like “Hoarders”. I mean, I get that there are serious psychological conditions that lends itself to collecting or hanging onto stuff. Lord knows I have trouble letting things go myself sometimes. But it is

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22Jan
2015
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Depression in Young Children: A Parent’s Guide

Written by Amy Williams When watching a group of children play at a local playground, it might seem unlikely that this age group could be prone to depression. However, depression can become a reality for kids of all ages, including young children under the age of six. Depression is a condition in which there is

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20Oct
2014
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Raise Your Kids as Confident Individuals

    Guest Blog by Holly Easterby of Bonza Brats As a parent, there are some things that you see in your kids that will always make you love them no matter what. Other people may find this odd, but you like the way your child laughs out with that unusual snort, tucks her hair

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22Sep
2014
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Parenting & Stress: Developing Your Own Coping Strategies

Written by Fawne Hansen Stress is an inevitable aspect of parenting. It can begin in pregnancy, or even earlier for people with reproductive issues. By the time a child is born, no parent is immune from the stresses of their position. How to handle feeding, choosing a sleep training method, or even deciding where the

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03Sep
2014
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Take a Break

We’ve learnt a very important lesson again this weekend. While most boys bounce, ours breaks.   You know how it is, around the age of 10 the male of our species gets a shot of testosterone in their system, and suddenly they are 10-foot-tall-and-bullet-proof.   They start getting into even more mischief than usual, playing

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02Jun
2014
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Boys, Bubbles and Butt-Cracks

If you can believe my Beloved, everything you ever needed to know about boys and friendship can be described in three simple terms: Snow globes, bubbles, and butt cracks. I guess I should explain. Our boychild is on the cusp of, well something. Not entirely sure what yet, but he’s at the tail end of

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29Apr
2014
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Gifted and Talented

There are some people in life who are naturally talented. Gifted in ways others can only imagine. Maybe they’re athletes who simply excel at any sport they try. Perhaps academics who just ‘get it’ the first time they attempt problem solving of any kind. Occasionally there are those who seem skilled at carving out a

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10Mar
2014
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Sobbing in the shower

Guest Blog by Joe Bloggs I had a moment this morning. Well if I am being completely honest, and is there really a better place to do so than anonymously on the internet (unless you count Confession and that only applies if you are of that religious persuasion and feel the need to save your

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20Jan
2014
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Helping Your Child Understand Divorce

Guest Blog courtesy of findababysitter.org Divorce is never easy for an adult, much less a child who feels he is losing an essential part of his family. When parents separate, it’s common for children to have deep feelings about the changes that are occurring and those that are coming in the future. The key to

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13Nov
2013
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Are you really listening?

It can really hurt when someone listens half-heartedly to us, when we really want, and need, their full attention. We can feel unimportant, unworthy or insignificant, particularly if we are lacking in confidence and self-assurance. Here are some listening negatives:- Cutting off the speaker and talking about ourselves Eg. Your child is telling you that

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18Sep
2013
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Pointers for standing up for yourself without losing your cool

To be able to tell someone in a calm, assertive manner how their behaviour is adversely affecting you, and what you would like them to do, is an essential, and very satisfying life skill. It’s not easy at first. There are plenty of situations where you can practise on strangers, friends, family members, and your

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05Jun
2013
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The Important Thing About Yelling

Guest Blog courtesy of www.handsfreemama.com Written by Rachel Macy Stafford I cherish the notes I receive from my children—whether they are scribbled with a Sharpie on a yellow sticky note or written in perfect penmanship on lined paper. But the Mother’s Day poem I recently received from my 9-year-old daughter was especially meaningful. In fact,

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06May
2013
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Parenting Tip 8 – Stimulating Activities for family members

There are an enormous number of interesting and exciting experiences that families and children can participate in, both at home and away from home; indoors and out. Some activities are low cost, while others will require that we dig into our wallets. It is great if we can foster a balance of physical, linguistic, emotional,

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30Mar
2013
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Strategies for getting your child to school when regularly complaining of feeling sick in the mornings

PROBLEM: My child often says that he is feeling sick in the morning when it is a school day. What do I do? SUGGESTIONS: Find out how he is faring at school, by asking him in the afternoon or evenings. Is he managing the work ok? Is he content at school? Is he being picked

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11Feb
2013
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How to have a satisfying, uninterrupted phone conversation when your youngsters are nearby

Children love lots of attention and will go to great lengths to get it, even if they have to do something naughty to get it. They may whine in the background or ask questions that can definitely wait for a few minutes. A good way to get your attention is for them to start doing

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15Oct
2012
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Parenting Tip 6 : Wholesome Role Models

Our children need positive, wholesome role models to learn from and emulate most of the time. It is important for us to be fully aware of the negative influences that are present in our children’s lives, and the likely impact on them eg. Dishonesty and abuse on TV, violence and vandalism in computer games, sexually

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02Aug
2012
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Promoting Honesty in Young Children

Don’t you dare lie to me! You can miss out on TV for a whole month! Tell me the truth! Why did you lie! I’ll never trust you again! Where did you get that! These reactions are not likely to help in getting our children to be honest.  There is quite a lot we can

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20Jul
2012
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Top tricks for saving money at the annual toy sales

As this year’s annual toy sales come to an end, you might be wondering to yourself how much money you actually saved at this tumultuous event? The sad reality is, it probably wasn’t much. Each year, thousands of Australians flock to the major toy retailers – Target, Big W and Kmart, in the hope of

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28May
2012
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Parenting Tip 4 – Preventing Inappropriate Behaviour of Children

Noticing good behaviour and commenting on it, is far more effective than trying to correct inappropriate behaviour. If we can be more positive with our children and ourselves, we will move closer to a more satisfying relationship. By encouraging our children, we will see them grow in confidence and self-assurance, and they will be motivated

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24Feb
2012
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Parenting Tip 1 : Communicating with your child

If you want to talk to your child about something, go over to him or her, bend down and look into your child’s eyes.  Tell your child calmly that you need to tell him/her something.  Don’t talk until the TV, or other source of distraction, is paused. eg” I need you to pause the TV

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02Feb
2012
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The Chickens should come first, not the Blog

Guest Blog courtesy of Jo Schutt from  jellyfishconnection.com But when I get excited (or angry, frustrated, happy, sad) about something, as well as telling everyone about it, I write about it! So finally, after much reading, day dreaming, longing, and more reading, I’ve chosen my chicken coop! (yes I bet you thought I was going

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23Jan
2012
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Non-automated parenting – Our parents’ influence on child raising

Have you ever caught yourself saying something to your child that you swore you never would, because your parent said it. Eg. “Just do it because I said so!” or “You’re so lazy/hopeless/mean!” If we don’t think about the parenting methods that our parents used with us, we are fairly likely to repeat a lot

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29Dec
2011
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Promoting Resilience in Children

Resilience is defined as the ability to recover quickly from setbacks. Are you resilient? Do you know how to promote this important attribute in your children? The American Psychological Association suggests “10 Ways to Build Resilience”, which are: (1) maintaining good relationships with close family members, friends and others; (2) to avoid seeing crises or

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10Oct
2011
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In praise of no-fuss mums (and dads)

Whilst travelling on the fast train to Marseilles in France, I was watching a mother with her adorable infant son. He looked to be around one year of age. When I first saw her, I thought she may have a few challenges ahead of her, but she managed her situation with grace and good sense.

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22Aug
2011
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Making School a Successful Experience for Children and Parents

If we want our children to have a successful and fulfilling experience, we need to be aware of what we are doing, to optimise the process. As a Mother of 4 wonderful Sons and a former Primary School teacher, I would like to offer you some useful tips on managing school life, so that the

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12Jul
2011
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Whinging, Whining and Unco-operative Behaviour

Whinging, whining and uncooperative behaviour can be very draining and infuriating, and is a very common problem for parents. I can definitely relate to the whinging, whining and unco-operative behaviour. I had lots of this with my first two sons, when they were young. After reading many books and articles on parenting, I deliberately changed

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27May
2011
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How to Avoid Spoiling Our Children

Most people would agree that it is not a good idea to over-indulge our children. This can happen many ways, often unconsciously. This article will describe these areas, and detail suggestions to be less indulging with our young people. I will also talk about the reasons that parents and carers spoil their children, in order

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18Apr
2011
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Suggesting Alternatives for Unacceptable Behaviour

If our child is doing something that we don’t approve of, we can often suggest another similar activity, which will be appealing to him or her. We need to be thinking laterally and creatively, when we are raising our children. By doing this, our lives will be made easier, because we will both be content

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15Mar
2011
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Inspiring Co-operation without Nagging, Shouting or Punishing

It can be very frustrating and irritating when our children don’t co-operate with us on a regular basis. It is tempting to raise our voices, to repeat ourselves over and over, or to threaten to punish for non-compliance. But there is a more effective, simple solution, to motivate our children to co-operate. This involves encouragement,

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24Jan
2011
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Effective Alternatives to Physical Punishment

When I was raising my first child, I was controlling and authoritarian, as this is the way I had been brought up. If my toddler son didn’t do as he was told, I would smack him or put him in time out. On the positive side, I was also very affectionate and gave him a

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03Dec
2010
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At Home Family Fun Without Screens

I believe that families need a complete break from TV, and other screens, on a regular basis. Having Family Fun Nights allows families to get together, bond, communicate, co-operate, share and participate actively in stimulating activities. There are a huge number of excellent activities that families can engage in together, such as board games, card

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05Aug
2010
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Dining Out Successfully with Children

With some careful preparation and some sensible strategies, it is possible to take our children out for a meal, and for it to be a pleasurable experience. Why Take Children Out for Meals When children are taken out to a restaurant or cafe, they are likely to be introduced to new smells, tastes, textures, sights

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29Jun
2010
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Nurturing all family members Part 2

Time activities carefully If we want our children to accompany us, so that we can shop or visit somebody, we need to be aware of our children’s individual needs for sleep, nourishment, exercise, comfort, stimulation and so on. Eg. Going to the supermarket with several children who are either hungry, tired or very upset, is

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02Jun
2010
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Nurturing all Family Members – Part 1

Wholesome role models Our children need wholesome role models, to learn from, and emulate. Therefore it’s vital that we are fully aware of the influences that are present in their lives, and the likely impact on them. If children spend a lot of time watching TV, playing computer or electronic games during their formative years,

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07May
2010
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But he hit me first! Sibling Rivalry

It is normal for children to fight some of the time. It would be very strange, and of concern, if they didn’t get angry and attack each other with strong emotion, occasionally. However, fighting can be successfully diminished if parents and carers can follow some effective guidelines that I will outline. Prevention is obviously much

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26Feb
2010
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Successfully Managing Teenagers

Handling our teenagers successfully involves setting a healthy example, patient teaching, effective communication and nurturing. Having an understanding of the changes and the common characteristics and behaviours, can make it less scary and difficult. Letting go, negotiating, encouraging and empowering our young people, is vital for peace and harmony. Changes At around 12 years for

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02Dec
2009
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Teaching Children Self-control

“Put it back right now!” 3 year old Sarah is in the toy shop with her mum. They are buying a birthday present for Sarah’s friend. She really wants the sparkly purple fairy wings that are on display for herself and starts to put pressure on her mum. Initially she asks nicely, with a pleading

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29Oct
2009
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Dealing Successfully with a Toddler and a Baby

A once well-behaved and lovable toddler can become an entirely different child following the birth of a brother or sister. He may become aggressive, un-cooperative, stubborn, clingy, noisy or easily upset. He may even bite his sibling or others, scream excessively or cry a lot. Accepting a new baby takes adjustment and time and the

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14Sep
2009
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Encouraging your Toddler or Pre-schooler to Rest and Sleep

It is to every family member’s advantage if we can encourage sound resting and sleeping habits in our youngsters. We all need to be calmed and rejeuvenated from the many experiences and stresses we have each day. We all need differing amounts of sleep and have differing temperaments. Toddlers need around 10-12 hours sleep at

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03Aug
2009
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Communicating with Children

“Listen to what I Say!” When consistently practised by parents and children, effective communication skills will bring about a greatly enhanced family life. The importance of conversing regularly and positively with children cannot be underestimated. Learning to communicate properly and to understand the basics of child development can make a big difference to our lives.

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12Jul
2009
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Swimming Lessons without the Hassles

Difficult Behaviour “I wish my daughter would get ready for her swimming lesson on time!” Carole’s Suggestion Let her know when you are leaving home, or from elsewhere, and try to consistently stick to the same time. Allow an extra five minutes for road works, parking or other unexpected hold-ups. Allow plenty of time for

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29Jun
2009
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Congenial Mealtimes

4 year old Julie loves to put her hands in her soup and extract the animal pasta. Dimitri , who is 2 years old complains loudly that he doesn’t like the green stuff and pushes it off his plate. Shanae spills her drink and Con won’t sit at the table at meal time. Many parents

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06Jun
2009
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Creating Family Rules

It is wise to decide with our children, when they are old enough, on some appropriate guidelines for harmonious living. Children need to be socialised so that they can live and work successfully in the world at large. We want them to relate well with others and to be responsible, caring and constructive members of

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10May
2009
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‘Cause I said so! – Nagging and Shouting

Your friend is coming over in a couple of hours and you ask your 4 year old daughter to tidy up her room. She is playing with her bead set and ignores you. You ask her again. She says she will tidy it but keeps on playing. You get louder and become more frustrated and

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04Apr
2009
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Should Our Children Obey Their Parents

I have noticed that there is much emphasis placed in our society, on children obeying their parents. I have wondered for many years if this is a right and healthy expectation for parents to have. I am a mother of 4 wonderful sons (teenagers and adults) and I have observed a large number of parents

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07Mar
2009
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Anticipating Challenges and Planning for Success with Our Children

  1. 7 yo Anna is dragging her feet and not getting ready for school. Mum and Dad are getting annoyed and exasperated. 2. John has taken his 3 son yo to the Doctor’s with him and is having a hard time. Jake is not sitting still and is complaining and keeps moving away from

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07Mar
2009
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Self-care for parents and children

Balance of Experiences Do you know what your true interests, talents and passions are?It is beneficial for parents and children to devote their time to different types of activities throughout the day or week in order to lead a more balanced lifestyle. Socialising, working, family activities, leisure activities, eating, household chores, exercising, volunteering, relaxation, intellectual

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07Mar
2009
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Negative effects of television viewing on children

It is becoming very clear from research, that television provides a powerful example of how to behave. It is a role model for children, that has a very strong negative influence, if parents and carers allow indiscriminate use. Television programs and advertisements are full of characters behaving in socially unacceptable ways. The main aim of

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07Mar
2009
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Heartwarming Stories

One of the Best Stories I have heard As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day ofschool, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the

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