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I'm Judith-Rose Max, the founder of Happy Parenting and a mother of three fantastic girls.Despite having a natural instinct for parenting, there were times when I struggled and there were those distressing times when I felt myself turning into the parent I’d vowed never to be! I searched for the right resources and while I found some, it was hard to access everything I wanted and needed in one place. I decided to go to the experts in their field and I now work in conjunction with the experts to deliver practical parenting tips and traps. Happy Parenting empowers mums and dads with easily accessible solutions to everyday parenting challenges. You can find the experts, parenting resources and Happy Kids at www.happyparenting.com.au

5 steps to stop the yo-yo parenting

5 steps to stop the yo-yo parenting

Have you ever gone to bed thinking that you just had the worst parenting day ever – if you are a parent, chances are this has happened at least once in your parenting lifetime. Parenting is a bit like dieting – you wake up and think to yourself today is going to be different but by the time 8 am rolls around,  you’ve probably lost your cool,  you’ve growled at one of the kids and are wishing you could deliver on the promise you made to yourself.  “Today I will not yell.”  Alternatively, at the very least, you want to ...

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Should kids see “sexy images”?

Should kids see “sexy images”?

When last did you watch a music video? When last did you see the movies your young adolescents are watching? Did you see the advert on side of a bus for the movie “Sex Tape” or a sexy image of a woman for “Sexpo” and gawk or did you not even register? Have we become so immune to sex that we do not see it or are we simply turning a blind eye? The movie The Wolf of Wall Street’s opening scene is confronting (with a naked woman in the most demeaning position imaginable) but this is aimed at adults ...

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Make time for your life priorities

Make time for your life priorities

You might have heard this story before, however my challenge to you is to live by the wisdom of this story and apply your life priorities to your life every day. A college professor stood in front of his students with a few unusual items for a philosophy class on the table in front of him. When everyone was seated he proceeded to fill a large empty glass jar with rocks about 2″ diameter right to the top. He enquired, “Is the jar full?”, and they agreed that it was. Next, the professor reached for a box of pebbles, which he ...

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Am I enough for my child – how to create a network of support for your child

Am I enough for my child – how to create a network of support for your child

I hear parents say “What if I can’t be everything that my children need?” “I love my child so much, but am I enough for my child.” “What if I cannot provide them with all the things that they need from me?” Well, I don’t believe you have to be everything to our child.  If they know we love them, that is the very best place for us to start. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou We are so lucky ...

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Do we expect too much of our kids nowadays?

Do we expect too much of our kids nowadays?

The question I ask is, do we expect way too much from our children nowadays?  I insist my kids help around the house, they do not have scheduled chores but I do ask them to help me. Last week I spoke to one of our experts and he was saying it is okay for parents to do stuff for their children & teenagers.  By helping them, we will not turn them into non-functioning adults, (they just get to be kids for longer) because there will always be plenty of opportunity for them to grow up and take responsibility. Do you agree?

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