Category Archives: Relationships

Build a love map and connect with your child

Build a love map and connect with your child

Everywhere you look is the message, think positively, be happy and it is continually being drummed down your throat. Be grateful everyone says, but how you ask can you can you motivate yourself to feel positively  about your kids  when they won’t listen, won’t clean up after themselves, argue with you at every opportunity, are resolutely trying to drive you crazy and just seem damn ungrateful for all that you do. The answer, you build a love map that is what you do. You create a picture of your child that is so much larger than the negative behaviours they ...

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Raising Teens Learnings, starts here

Raising Teens Learnings, starts here

Try this during the week and watch it start to bring you closer to the love and connection you want with your teen… Create a ritual, stop by your child’s bedroom, and hang about for a brief moment… Try:  “I’m off to bed now, are you still going to be reading/ working on your paper/ listening to music etc… for long….? See you in the morning have a great night’s sleep!!!!”

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Help! Get my kids to listen & act, not fight me.

Help!  Get my kids to listen & act, not fight me.

Help! I’ve turned into my mother! Well it’s school holidays and the more the days go on, the more I find myself saying (yelling – let’s be honest) those age old phrases that our mother’s used to yell at us. It starts out with – I don’t care who started it, both of you just stop fighting!, Which is usually followed by – Go to your room, you are having 5 minutes time out! To which I usually get the reply – NO! and the result is me picking up the party in question, walking them to their room, sitting ...

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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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