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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]