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Children's birthday parties – cause for celebration or alienation?

Children's birthday parties – cause for celebration or alienation?

Helping kids manage the disappointment of missing out on a friend's birthday party invitation can be a pressing concern for parents of primary-aged kids. However, it's a real teachable moment for helping kids deal with rejection and disappointment, and on the flipside, for parents to teach kids how to issue invitations with sensitivity.Read more

Parent-teacher meetings - 10 top tips for parents

Parent-teacher meetings - 10 top tips for parents

Start of year parent-teacher meetings or interviews are a great opportunity not only to meet your child's teacher for the year, but to establish a positive parent-school partnership. Here's 10 tips for parents to maximise this valuable opportunity.Read more

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