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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 …

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 …

No coming back from a No!

No means No, right? Well, yes… and no! Kids forever want things from their parents, whether it’s a commodity (“Can I have an ice cream, please?”), permission (“Can I use your IPad, please?”) or greater freedom (“Is it okay if …

Playing favourites

Favouritism is perhaps a taboo area in families. But parents rarely treat each child the same. Do you have a favourite child in your family? If so, you are quite normal according to recent research. One Australian study found that around …

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