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self esteem

7 signs social media is killing your kids self esteem (or yours)

Social media is killing our kids self esteem. And for many an adult too,it is wreaking havoc with their sense of self worth. With social media offering us a constant barrage of comparison with those achieving great things, looking fabulous, being cleverer, purchasing bigger and better ‘everythings’ and going to more exotic places, then it […]

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perfectionism

Perils of Perfectionism: are you raising a perfectionist?

The perils of perfectionism? Isn’t it a good thing to want to do things well? Don’t we want kids that strive for great things? That try their hardest to succeed? To feel the satisfaction of attempting something and conquering it? Yes, but only if they can keep it in perspective and not have their every […]

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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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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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Strictly Ballroom

“A life lived in fear is a life half lived” ….. Goes for parenting too

“A life lived in fear is a life half lived” This was the quote repeated in the Musical version of Strictly Ballroom I was lucky enough to see last night (If you love a good musical this is so much fun, full of song, dance, glitter, sequins and some good Aussie humour). The premise of […]

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