Parenting

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 …

“Dadding” – the new cool

Dad’s have taken a bit of a bad rap in the parenting stakes – absent dads, non-involved dads and dads who just don’t fit the modern “sensitive new-age guy (snag)” expectations of today’s society. To be fair, it’s pretty tough for dads today to know …

Tackling bullying head-on

The clean-cut and smiling image of 13-year-old Daniel Fitzpatrick is haunting now. The New York teenager’s photo was spread across newspapers and websites world-wide last month after he took his own life. He had been mercilessly bullied over a period of months. Worse still, his …

Tackling “Mum guilt”

Mum guilt – it’s a relatively recent phrase but not necessarily a new phenomenon. You are not alone if you suffer from the occasional dose of mum guilt. A recent BabyCenter survey revealed that 94 per cent of mothers feel a degree of shame or …

Positive parenting – the dishes can wait…

Women’s well-being coach and parenting author Karyn Riley highlights the importance of focusing on and enjoying the positives of parenting. Much is said about the challenges and stress of parenthood. However, there is little emphasis placed on the joy of being a parent, celebrating the …

Beating the back-chat beast

A quick retort, a roll of the eyes, a smart-aleck comment – back-chat is the bane of many parents’ lives. It can also be one of the most exhausting and frustrating elements of parenting, an endless barrage every time you ask for chores to be …