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parenting online

How can parents enforce rules around technology and the online world?

How do we enforce rules around technology and the online world when so much of what they do we cannot see? I get this question a lot. Here’s what I think. Different family values determine the importance families place on certain rules and boundaries that in turn become part of our daily lives. We have […]

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Inside Out Discussion questions

Using the movie ‘Inside Out’ to discuss emotions with kids

The latest movie from Pixar, ‘Inside Out’, does a great job of balancing the complex elements of neuroscience whilst remaining connected to a younger audience in both an engaging and entertaining way. I took my kids to see this during the school holidays, and I must say it is probably the only time I was […]

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dealing with bullying

Dealing with bullying: parents questions answered

I get many questions from parents of kids who are being bullied and also some from those suspecting that their child is engaging in bullying behaviour. Mostly parents feel inundated with information, but have no real clear action plan to take in order to tackle the behaviours. We have looked before at what behaviours constitute […]

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active listening

“You’re not listening to me!” …try active listening instead

I was having a ‘conversation’ with my 13 year old that was slowly quickly escalating into an argument. He raised his voice so I could ‘hear’ him and said “you are not listening to me”. ‘What do you mean I am not listening to you’ I thought. ‘I am doing all the right things. I have […]

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Understanding child behvaviour

Your kid isn’t trying to make you miserable: understanding your child’s behaviour

“You are just doing this to annoy me”, “Are you trying to make me miserable?” These are the desperate pleas I heard from a mother recently, as she grappled to keep her toddler in the shopping trolley whilst she finished her mammoth morning of shopping. When I got in my car I thought about those […]

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Social & emotional kids

Parenting through the social and emotional changes of our kids

I have a couple of teens in my house right now. I have counselled lots of teens before. I have read a lot of research about best practises, about behaviour, about changes to the brain as they develop, about hormones and physical changes and how they affect their behaviours and about how to keep connections […]

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