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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]