Breathing is a Powerful Parenting Tool!

We take breathing for granted; it is something we just do every day!  But family life can be very busy and we might feel that we don’t have time to stop and take a break to meditate or re-energise. The good news though is that it doesn’t have to take more than a minute or even a few seconds to reboot, to boost yourself, to rescue yourself from a ‘panicked or stressful’ moment or avoid doing or saying something you will regret later on. Continue reading

Parenting Tweens & Teens Doesn’t Have to be Tough!

I thought I had it all under control until one by one my kids turned into tweens, then teens! Suddenly I did not know them – they started to talk back, have mood swings, need their privacy, respond violently to rules and limits and display some pretty rude behaviour. What had I done wrong? Nothing, I found out! It was normal, just part of growing up. However, just because it is “normal”, it doesn’t mean we have to just accept it and live with it. There ARE positive steps we can take.

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Should I give my child an exam gift?

What do I get for passing my SATs, entry exams, GCSEs, A levels?

My son is doing his GCSEs and just asked me, ‘Mum what do you get for doing your exams and studying hard?’  My reply was, ‘Well you get good grades, an opportunity to stay at your school to do A levels, to go to Uni (if you want to) and hopefully get a good job.’  My son: ‘that’s not good enough, EVERYONE else gets money for each A or B they get!’.  What’s next? What do I get for getting up in the morning at Uni, finding myself a job, earning money?  Here is the difference between motivating our child and bribing them…
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