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Help maximise your child’s learning potential

Help maximise your child’s learning potential

As a parent myself, I know how much we give of ourselves to raising our children, helping them celebrate great times, share meaningful times, and build close bonds we hope will last a life time. Part of being a parent is sharing our values and views on life, like making sure they receive a good education, usually in the belief that such things are vitality important and will help them to find happiness later in life, or at least a career that will sustain them. But what if you are one of those parents whose child is obviously not suited ...

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Positive Parenting in the teen years & before

Positive Parenting in the teen years & before

The teen years are notoriously challenging for parents, but it is possible to have an adolescent who is responsible, considerate, and shows good judgment. Your teen is guaranteed to make some mistakes– after all, they aren’t a mature adult yet, and we adults make plenty of mistakes. But positive parenting can make the teen years more positive—for everyone! The teen years Teenage years are about making a transition into adulthood, so your child’s job is to find their sea legs as a person, to shape their own identity and to determine what’s important to them. If you have a warm, ...

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7 ways to teach boys to respect women & girls

7 ways to teach boys to respect women & girls

Before my son was born, I didn’t think it was my problem to raise good men. I’d been working with raped and battered women as a women’s rights advocate for many years, and had seen my share of sexist atrocities by men-gone-wrong. My aim was to get justice for women – even though I always understood that the only solution is to prevent the violence in the first place. But until such time as women and men have financial, social, economic and political equality, how could this be possible? I always imagined that men become assholes because either men have ...

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Juggling work & family’s competing demands

Juggling work & family’s competing demands

As a mother of two young girls, tackling two different roles in my own start-up, and working in a social media marketing agency, I often wonder whether work-life balance is a real thing.  I do experience times when, despite being in high demand, everything seems to run smoothly and I move in and out of my different responsibilities effortlessly.  Other times it just seems like juggling work and family is a complete joke. Being part of the workforce shapes my identity and allows my family to indulge in a certain lifestyle.  In the digital age, I’m available 24/7, although I’m ...

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Divorce, be the parent that your child needs

Divorce, be the parent that your child needs

Are you the parent your child needs or just the one they received? How to support your children during divorce. Every 30 minutes an Australian child experiences the divorce or separation of their family.  Australian research (1) consistently shows us that these children are at risk of harm.  It is is not the divorce itself that harms the children, rather the conflict that can go on for years and years afterwards which can ensure that many of these children never achieve their full potential. The breakdown of a significant relationship is one of the most difficult grief events any of ...

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