The Importance of Teaching Your Child That Sometimes it’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Another early morning. Another pair of grey-socked feet slipped into polished shoes. Another packed lunch tossed into the waiting backpack. Another normal school day. My son took up his post in the window to watch for the bus while I finished tying up my daughter's hair. She was right there with me, but somehow, that morning, I felt that she … Continue reading The Importance of Teaching Your Child That Sometimes it’s Okay to Not Be Okay

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How to Manage Your Toddler’s Temper Tantrums Without Giving In

The temper tantrums of childhood are a lot of things. They are noisy. They are unsightly. They take up a lot of time (usually when you're already on a tight schedule). They can lead to injuries. They can be embarrassing. They can make you feel so many awful emotions, and think all sorts of terrible thoughts. They can even push a parent to the … Continue reading How to Manage Your Toddler’s Temper Tantrums Without Giving In

How to Help Your Baby Stop Catnapping and Sleep Longer

When I became a mother for the first time, I naively had a plan in mind. I had visions of me patiently settling my new baby for her day naps, before putting a tiny load of even tinier baby clothes into the washer, taking all the minutes I needed under a steaming shower, and then sitting down in my tidy … Continue reading How to Help Your Baby Stop Catnapping and Sleep Longer

This ONE Simple Tip Will Improve Dinner Time with Kids Forever!

There are two little words that instil a sense of dread in almost every parent with young children. In any other scenario, these two unassuming words are often a welcomed phrase. But in a household with babies, toddlers or children, they invariably describe a daily battle ground where tantrums abound and tempers are lost. Two little words. Dinner time. It … Continue reading This ONE Simple Tip Will Improve Dinner Time with Kids Forever!

40 Questions to Ask Your Child Instead of “How Was School Today?”

When my eldest child began school, I fell into the same trap as every other new parent. I'd be there, eagerly waiting by the classroom door, as she struggled her way out at the end of the day, with a heavy bag nearly dragging on the ground and a weary look. But before we'd even reached … Continue reading 40 Questions to Ask Your Child Instead of “How Was School Today?”

How to Cope with Bored Children During the School Holidays

It happened again. And, once more, I wasn't prepared. In the week leading up to the school holidays I let myself fantasise about lazy mornings and no schedules. About no school uniforms to wash and no lunch boxes to pack. The kids race through the front door after the last day of term, bristling with a … Continue reading How to Cope with Bored Children During the School Holidays

“Please Don’t Shout at Me” – What Your Child Wants You to Know

You communicate with me, and connect with me in more ways than you realise. With your eyes when you look at my treasured fish drawings. With your ears when you listen to me singing my songs about lizards. With your touch when you hug me goodnight with a squeezy cuddle for the eleventh time. And with your voice … Continue reading “Please Don’t Shout at Me” – What Your Child Wants You to Know

5 Treatments You May Need to Stop Giving Your Children

As a mother, I always find myself turning straight to the medicine cupboard when one of my children is sick. Desperate to fix them, desperate to keep my child well and healthy. And then, as a pharmacist, I go to work and ironically find myself encouraging people not to take medications. After more than sixteen … Continue reading 5 Treatments You May Need to Stop Giving Your Children