I empathize with children who cheat. I wonder what fear has brought them to that point. I wonder why parents and the schooling system are so focused on marks … why report cards and test scores are held up as measures of self worth.Read more
My 12-year-old daughter is experiencing extreme anxiety. She describes her symptoms as waking up at night and being unable able to get back to sleep, an inability to concentrate at school because she’s exhausted by lack of sleep, a decrease in appetite and hyperventilating if she’s put on the spot at schoolRead more
I almost said No. Write an article on ‘how to keep romance alive with kids around’? Goodness. Me? I asked my husband (vaguely hoping he’d agree to write the article), and he had no idea. But, with the topic germinating in my mind in the intervening week, I had a revelation, which I’ll share with you.Read more
Parenting is tough and tiring and generally involves a multitude of thankless tasks performed endlessly day after day like an endless time loop
However, if you’re tired of the groaning and want to see things from a different perspective, here are some ideas on parenting gratitude to get you going…
Babies at birth can already recognize a story that has been told to them in the womb, can distinguish between different languages and ecognize their mother’s voice. The sounds that they hear in the womb and in early life are literally changing the structure of their brains as they make new connections.Read more
What I’ve learned is that my preoccupation and obsessive need to keep things organised and controlled is where my failure lies in being a better parent.Read more
Imagine for a moment that you’re five years old.
Can you think of anything better than: a singing puppet named Webster the Spider, the goddess Athena and her rival Arachne, a set of gorgeous shadow puppets to show off the Labours of Hercules, and live guitar music?Read more
This show is just too sweet! But besides being the last word in awesomeness for kids, it features some brilliant humour and nuances that the moms and dads will appreciate. Add to that, the catchy music, and the whole family will be bopping in their seats.Read more
Goodness, did my two love this show!
Seussical The Musical Jr. is the Peoples’ Theatre version of the fabulous and fantastical Broadway show, in which the Cat in the Hat narrates a special storyRead more
On a basic level manners help us get on with people in a specific society, at a specific period in time. Manners are time and culture specific, so our discussions around manners with our children can go beyond where and when we are right now and help them to be world citizensRead more
I think a lot of thought needs to go into buying gifts for anyone so that they actually use and appreciate it. There’s also the issue of me not wanting the kids to feel entitled, I want them to realise that not everyone has the luxury of receiving gifts and wearing brand new clothes each special occasion. So how do we balance this without giving a sermon ..Read more