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

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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

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

What I Tell My Children About Their Father’s PTSD

Forward: Our life literally changed forever when, in 2011, my paramedic husband was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a result, he is no longer able to work in any profession that may trigger his symptoms, and unfortunately many aspects of day-to-day life cause him intense anxiety. Speaking with children about illness (in our case, mental … Continue reading What I Tell My Children About Their Father’s PTSD

The Guaranteed Method for Getting Your Kids out the Door on Time

The very first thing I lost, when I became a mother, was my time. I tried to hold onto vague memories of sitting with a book for hours, and wandering the shops for an afternoon, but I was soon overwhelmed by how much time it actually took to take care of just one tiny baby. Fast forward a few … Continue reading The Guaranteed Method for Getting Your Kids out the Door on Time