Parenting

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 …

Anxiety – Is your child sick with worry?

Have you got a child who is frequently off school with headaches or a sore stomach? Sometimes there are underlying issues to recurrent illnesses, and it’s important to know if anxiety is causing your child’s symptoms. What is anxiety? Anxiety is our body’s way of …

When grandparents cross the line

Grandparents await the arrival of a grandchild with almost the same eagerness as new parents do. It’s like being told that you no longer have to eat vegetables – just desert. They often look forward to their new role and the opportunity to finally make …

Living a life of resilience

Do you find yourself snapping at your kids at the smallest trigger? Resilience training may be what you need. Lucy Hone has a master’s degree in resilience psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and studied resilience through trauma post the Canterbury earthquakes. But it wasn’t …

Managing a toddler and a new baby

It can seem overwhelming, the thought of managing your active toddler and bringing home a new baby. Of course, there are the sleepless nights and managing breastfeeding, but many times too your toddler may take time adjusting to the introduction of a new family member, …

Kids say the funniest things

Just when you’re not expecting it, kids say the funniest things! We asked our Family Times Facebook members what their kids have cracked them up with. We’re still laughing. Here’s a snapshot: Brookey Robertson-Cox “My eldest – then 5 – asked me if Santa was …

When parents split

Ahh, the tough topic. Look, I won’t bother you with theory or lectures –when parents split it’s the worst, but the decision has been made. So now what? Think of the children! Your preteens are going through a tough time as it is. Parents splitting …

How to talk about sexting with your child

Few things are tougher than having The Talk with your child – but according to a report by the US National Institute of Justice, some children as young as twelve are sexting. That’s not as surprising as you might expect – in most children, puberty …