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Connection & choices create a peaceful home

Connection & choices create a peaceful home

Do you feel a sense of harmony in your home? Creating a peaceful home with children can be challenging.  Often parent and child have opposing needs. Children have strong emotions without the ability to handle them.  Parents become tired and overwhelmed by the demands of daily life and the attention that children require. The parent and child struggle often looks like a chaotic whirlwind in which each is struggling with attention, control, emotions, exhaustion, and incompatibility. There are ways to calm the storm.  Two strategies can make your home more peaceful tomorrow: Firstly, by developing the relationship with your child ...

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Six steps for thriving with your three-year-old

Six steps for thriving with your three-year-old

Everyone hears the phrase “the terrible twos.” The normal behaviors of a toddler between the ages of eighteen months and three years (give or take a few months,) include things such as saying “no, “ being defiant and having temper tantrums. At this age, a child is trying to find a separate self from mom and dad, and it can be challenging for both the child and the parent as the toddler starts to test his/her independence and autonomy. Parents having often heard the phrase “terrible twos,” wait for this time to end, thinking once my child is three they ...

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How to build optimistic teens who thrive!

How to build optimistic teens who thrive!

 (Most of the Time) Positive,  caring  communication  is  a  powerful  ally  in  an  adolescent’s  confused  world.  As challenging as it can be for those of us living and working with adolescents, it can make all the  difference  between  your  adolescent  feeling  optimistic  and  thriving,  or  feeling disengaged. Every  adolescent  will  make  a  dumb  decision  at  some  point  during  their  bumpy  ride  to adulthood – sometimes  the  mistake  will  be  serious.  What  really  matters  is  how  we  as parents  or  people  who  work  with  adolescents  support  them  to  overcome  a  negative experience. We need to help them recognise: It was not an OK ...

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Effective parenting tips

Effective parenting tips

“Parenting is the toughest job.” “No one said it was gonna be easy.” “Parenting doesn’t come with an owner’s manual.” We’ve all heard them before—the quotes that sum up the challenge of parenting. But they really don’t help much, only state the obvious. The responsibility of being a parent is one of the most rewarding, yet, frustrating, humbling, and challenging pursuits we will ever engage. As a father of four, I have had much practical experience. Being a father has helped me learn much about my children, but perhaps more importantly, it has helped me to understand the importance of ...

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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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