Category Archives: Parenting

How to be a resilient parent

The goal of resilience is to thrive, and we all want to thrive, right? Resilience has been defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Sometimes though, parents don’t feel very resilient and we need some help bouncing back. As primary care-givers, we all …

Goals – setting your child up for success

We’ve probably all heard the old adage that if we aim for nothing, we’re guaranteed to reach it. Well, the same applies for kids. That’s why goal setting plays such an important role in life. You can set your kids up for success by modelling …

The art of compromise

The ability to compromise is one of the most powerful skills to foster in young children, and they learn it first from parents. You may remember your first power battle with your child. Maybe it was over bed time, a cluster bomb of mashed carrots …

When other people judge your parenting

Nothing stings quite so much as your parenting skills being judged, and these days, everybody seems to be a parenting expert. Perhaps it’s the over-abundance of parenting books and programmes available, the blogs and the websites, but everyone (singles included) seem to feel they have …

Being a grandparent today

Author, mother and grandparent Janice Marriott says there’s a lot that grandparents wish their kids knew about parenting. However, the most important was not which baby blanket to use or how to discipline a screaming toddler. “I think what most grandparents say is, “I wish …

Kids running summer businesses

“I’m bored!” is the catch-cry of nearly every school-age child over the long summer holiday stretch. Sure, you can recommend chores, movie marathons and playing outside, but nothing engages kids quite so much as the chance to make a buck. Summer holidays are the perfect …

Getting kids ready for school

Your child may be starting school for the first time, moving on to middle school/intermediate or high school, or may be changing schools. How do you get them ready? School is such a big part of a child’s life, and adjusting to a school environment …

Why self-control is so important

A recently-aired documentary on New Zealand’s Dunedin study highlights the importance of teaching self-control to children. The Dunedin study is a long-running cohort study of 1037 people born over the course of a year between 1972 and 1973 in Dunedin. Its researchers found that young …