It’s the start of the new school year and for many children it’s an exciting time. For some though the return to school may be riddled with anxiety and stress, possibly caused by bullying. A parent’s first reaction may be one of rage and anger, no parent wants their child to be the subject of bullying. I’ve come across a lovely book and CD by Alicia Thomas-Woolf that will help parents teach their kids to deal with bullying positively.Read more
It helps to remember that because children are still developing, they are more vulnerable to any big change (i.e. like starting ‘big’ school, moving homes, cities, the birth of a sibling). Big changes (especially if not prepared for) may easily show up in negative behaviours and/or affect their emotional security (foundation).Read more
Children at a very young age have a huge amount of pressure to succeed. They also lead very busy lives with homework, extra murals, therapies, social engagements etc. When it comes to exam time, there is even more pressure on them as many schools weight the exam mark to count for a high percentage of the term mark.Read more
The Garden Route fires took everyone by surprise. Children often experience trauma differently, as they are more sensitive and less able to express their feelings and needs.Read more
When kids can’t find positive, useful ways to have their needs met or feelings expressed, they’ll inevitably turn to more unhealthy ways.Read more
Have you ever noticed that when you are calm and at ease you achieve more in your day even though it sometimes feels like you are taking longer at individual tasks.Read more
It is probably the worst fear of any parent – that their child might be kidnapped or molested. It’s the stuff of our nightmares and the kind of movies you can never watch again once you’ve had your own kidsRead more
Almost all children become afraid of the dark at some point – usually around the age of 2-6 years old. At that time their imaginations are running wild and they also become more aware of the greater world and the dangers that lurk within itRead more
Kids cannot learn under stressful situations (such as a shouting or even disapproving parent). Children learn a lot from our mistakes and how we handle them!Read more
One of the worst feelings in the world is seeing your child feel disappointed and sad at not winning or being chosen in a test or a race. This could very easily deter them from ever taking part in anything again if the disappointment is that deep.Read more
We rush around from one thing to the next, from one year to the next, without ever stopping to reflect. The New Year is a great time for setting goals and thinking about what we want from life and how to get itRead more
There are many children incorrectly diagnosed as being either ADHD or as having Oppositional Defiance Disorder who are really just highly sensitive children who are overwhelmed by the rush of sensory input that they’re unable to filter outRead more
Having a baby is a momentous event. The kind of event that kicks you so far out of your comfort zone that you don’t even know what planet you’re on.
We all know about the nice side of it but what about the dark side?