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Teenage swearing

Teenage swearing

I suppose we have all done it at some point as a teenager – swaggered about, thinking we are uber cool as we chuck a few swear words around. As adults, when we hear kids swearing it makes us cringe, especially if they are coming from the mouths of our own babes! What do we

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How Can You Be Sure If Someone Is Sincere

How Can You Be Sure If Someone Is Sincere

I tend to try and see the best in people. Most of the time it works out just fine – people are lovely and my faith in human nature is borne out. But there are times when the person you’re dealing with is not entirely honest with you. And when that happens, I’m rubbish at

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Dealing With Temper Tantrums

Dealing With Temper Tantrums

Even the best-laid parenting plans in the world cannot always prevent temper tantrums. It’s a dead cert that at certain points in your child’s younger years, a few meltdowns will occur. And that’s just the parents. (I guarantee that most normal parents are tempted to throw a wobbly themselves on occasion. Or is that just

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5 Basic rules for all children

5 Basic rules for all children

Children need rules and boundaries to help them feel secure, but too many can be confusing and cause more problems than they resolve. Add to that the need for modifying the rules as your children grow and you could be forgiven for just letting things slide. Getting the balance right is tricky, but taking a

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Dealing with a child who has a sweet tooth

Dealing with a child who has a sweet tooth

If my son had his way you’d open his mouth to find a scene from Candy Crush. He just loves anything sweet. Always has. I like to think I’m a reasonably diligent parent. Weaning commenced with fruit and vegetable purees, lovingly prepared at home and frozen in little ice-cube trays. How I patted myself on

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Skills kids need for good behaviour

Skills kids need for good behaviour

Some kids are labelled as being badly behaved and that’s that. But sometimes children’s challenging behaviour happens because they don’t know how else to react to a situation or they can’t live up to an adult’s expectations of them. If this is the case then there are some skills that can be taught to help

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