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The Daddy (or Mummy) of all parenting skills

 The Daddy (or Mummy) of all parenting skills

So what is the one essential skill that is paramount for parent effectiveness but so often overlooked? The ability to manage your reactivity. So how do you do this when your kids are pushing all your buttons?Read more

Five ways to know you are over-parenting

Five ways to know you are over-parenting

Over-parenting, or helicopter parenting, is a hot topic right now. But how do you know if you are over-parenting? Here's a checklist of 5 ways parents can over-parent, and suggestions for how to step back and give kids the independence and opportunity to develop the life skills they need to be happy, resilient young people.Read more

Who relies on your child?

Who relies on your child?

I’m often asked by parents how to develop responsibility in kids.  The answer is simple – give responsibility to them! Let them feed the family pet, empty the dishwasher, clean up the living area at the end of the day.Read more

Teach kids to ask for what they want

Teach kids to ask for what they want

Helping kids to communicate their wants, needs and aspirations is a basic task for parents. Some kids whinge, nag or go quiet, when a simple articulated request for assistance is all that's needed.Read more