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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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How to help a friend with postnatal depression

How to help a friend with postnatal depression

Postnatal Depression (PND) is what I call Crazy Mummy Syndrome. It is a dark feeling that you are not coping as a parent. That everything you are doing as a mother is incorrect. And that everyone is going to think that you are a bad mother because you think you are. Sometimes we hide our feelings from the people we love. Our partners, our family, our friends because we don’t want them to see us as weak. And the monsters in your head whisper, Everyone else can do this parent-thing, so why can’t I? What am I doing that is so ...

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Parent worry, am I “messing up” my kids?

Parent worry, am I “messing up” my kids?

Happy Parenting recently surveyed parents about their biggest parent worry and concerns. A consistent theme when answering the question, “What keeps you awake at night regarding your kids or parenting?” was: Wondering if I am messing up my kids? Feeling like I’m a bad mother. Wondering if I am doing the best for my child? My daughter’s behavior and how I feel it reflects on me. Wondering if I should have handled things differently.   All of these questions seem to fit right in with my doctoral dissertation topic and the basis for my new book: Living in the Shadow of ...

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