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Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Parents, from all of us, please, please stop giving in to your kids

Is there anything more frustrating than other kids' parents? I mean, we are each others' biggest support, but so often our biggest hurdle too. It makes my blood boil when other kids' parents let them do really stupid things. Because then my kid wants to do them too. I...

What raising a kid with anxiety taught me about parenting

What raising a kid with anxiety taught me about parenting

"Happy children are all alike; every unhappy child is unhappy in its own way." With respect to Mr Tolstoy, I can't think of a better way to summarise why it's so hard parenting a special-needs kid. In my case, it's a kid with anxiety, but anxiety looks...

18 things I’ve learned while parenting six children

18 things I’ve learned while parenting six children

While I’m not a perfect father, I think I’m pretty good at it. Mostly because I absolutely love it. I don’t consider myself a parenting expert, but I have helped raise six kids (along with their mothers), and being a father has been one of the most rewarding...

How to adapt your parenting to support tweens and teens

How to adapt your parenting to support tweens and teens

Parenting is a BIG job. Just when you think you've got it figured out, suddenly your child is moving onto the next stage and you're frantically trying to read the road map. Once we’ve finally mastered parenting young kids - all those nappies. sleepless nights, big...

Parenting teens: “I was part of the problem”

Parenting teens: “I was part of the problem”

It can be hard to accept as an adult parenting teens that perhaps you are part of the problem. The ‘problem’ being the repetitive arguments that start with a niggle (bedroom a bombsite, clean laundry chucked into the bottom of the wardrobe), and escalate to a...

4 lessons in strength based parenting

4 lessons in strength based parenting

When my son’s school announced that they’d arranged for Dr Lea Waters, founding director of Melbourne-based Centre for Positive Psychology and author of The Strength Switch, to present on strength based parenting, I was interested. ‘Strength based parenting’, was a...

5 techniques I’m using to stop criticising my kids

5 techniques I’m using to stop criticising my kids

I'm a terrible nagger of my children, and I know I'm not alone in needing to stop criticising my kids. "As parents, we are, unwittingly, too critical of our children," says Dr Kenneth Barish, author of Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child's Emotions...

7 tips to stay calm and parent when you feel anything but calm

7 tips to stay calm and parent when you feel anything but calm

What parent hasn’t lost their temper when a kid misbehaves? A parent who can stay calm and parent when the kids are pushing every last button is a mythical creature, probably riding on a unicorn over a rainbow right now. I could count the times I’ve lost my cool as a...

11 ways to be a more patient parent

11 ways to be a more patient parent

Every parent loses his or her patience — it’s a fact of life. I don’t claim to be the world’s most patient parent — but it’s a goal of mine, and it’s something I’m dedicated to becoming. There are no perfect angels when it comes to mums and dads — we all get...

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How to make taralli

How to make taralli

Taralli are like very crispy bagels and are made to various recipes all over Italy. My kids' Nonna makes hers with fennel seeds and they are moreish and perfect for an afternoon snack, to serve instead of bread at the dinner table or with dips, olives and gooey cheese...

What to do if your tween or teen is being bullied

What to do if your tween or teen is being bullied

So many of us have experienced the heartache of learning that our tween or teen is being bullied. In fact, three in five Australian kids will experience bullying at school or online. It's a painful feeling of helplessness, sadness and dread. We know how this is...

A brand new strategy to help kids with anxiety

A brand new strategy to help kids with anxiety

There's no denying that our kids are experiencing something of an 'anxiety crisis'. Reports have found that anxiety is on the increase among kids of every age. That's not surprising, given the uncertain times we are living in. More than ever, parents have been...

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