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Shaping little humans

I’ve long had a fascination with the nature versus nurture debate. Is it nature (what kids are born with) or is it nurture (how the human environment shapes kids)? Some experts go with percentages. Many twins studies (often used to …

Raising a little shrugger!

Everyone knew a shrugger when they were young. They seemed to be everywhere in my neighbourhood. Shruggers are the kids who can shrug off the teasing and negative comments from peers and siblings. My best friend Terry was an infuriating …

When boys fight

At a recent seminar I asked parents to reflect on the attributes that their kids had in common as this would help reveal their parenting focus. “They all fight… with each other!” said one mum. This mother had three boys …

Why finishing 4th beats winning

Winning is great! We love it when our kids win a game or a race. It’s great to see their faces light up when they win. Winning is a good feeling. Winning means they’re doing well. It’s equated with success. It’s …

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This is the worst day ever!

Recently, Debra (not her real name), a mother of two children, told me how her 10 year old son would often exaggerate his woes with comments such as ‘This is the worst day ever’ when he came in the door …

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