parenting

Just a Bad Day

August 7, 2014
Just a Bad Day

I see his face begin to cave in before I have even finished the sentence. As he dissolves into tears I crumple inside, but I try not to show it. […]

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It’s Not Personal.

July 31, 2014
It's Not Personal.

Can I let you in on a little secret about parenting that I figured out recently… It’s not personal. The preschooler is not lying on the floor of the supermarket […]

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A Little Hope for a Struggling Mum

July 24, 2014
A Little Hope for a Struggling Mum

We went to Healesville Sanctuary during the holidays, it’s a fabulous zoo which just has Australian animals. We haven’t been for a while, in fact Noah has never been, and […]

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Finding Little Moments to Breathe – Micro Me Time for Parents.

July 17, 2014
Finding Little Moments to Breathe - Micro Me Time for Parents.

I was beginning to notice the undercurrent of crankiness. Every little thing they did was driving me nuts. I was slamming and clanking my way through dinner prep, with that […]

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25 Alternatives to “Good Job”

July 10, 2014
25 Alternatives to "Good Job"

Last week I shared some thoughts on praise and manipulation. In that post I shared some brutal truths about how I parent, and some ideas about how I would like […]

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Praise, Manipulation and Being a Better Parent.

July 3, 2014
Praise, Manipulation and Being a Better Parent.

Praise is a dirty word in some parenting and education circles. I understand why, and agree that hollow praise like ‘good girl’ or ‘good job’ means nothing and can interfere […]

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