Parenting

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 …

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, …