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9 Calm Down Ideas for Kids

9 Calm Down Ideas for Kids

Last week I shared the 5 Steps to Managing Big Emotions Poster as a tool to help parents and children navigate those times when children are struggling to express their feelings in socially acceptable ways (you can find out more about the 5 steps and print a copy of the poster here). The final step … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Managing Big Emotions: Printable Poster

5 Steps to Managing Big Emotions Printable Poster

Whenever I ask parents what their biggest parenting struggle is, patience is always right there at the top of the list. We struggle to keep our cool in all sorts of situations - when we are rushing to get everyone out the door, when we have asked our child 272 times to do something, when they whine … [Read more...]

The Thing About Parenting

The Thing About Parenting

I remember talking with a friend who had just had her third baby about this bizarre journey of parenting that we're both on. We were mulling over the realities of life as a parent, and indeed how much our lives had changed, as we sipped on McCoffees and made use of the free playground... as you do. … [Read more...]

20 Things to Include in Your Family Photobook

20 Things to Include in Your Family Photobook

This post is part of Microsoft’s #WorkWonders program. How are you going with part one of our digital photo challenge? Did you manage to get started on uploading and sorting your photos from all of their various sources? Did you get that finished or are you still partway through like me? Have you … [Read more...]

The Other Woman

The Other Woman: How Starting School Changes Family Life Forever

She is lovely. Softly spoken. Patient. Kind. Fun. Interesting. She is everything you struggle to be. You used to be the one person your child looked up to more than anyone else in the entire world. And in return, you knew their every thing - every precious smile, word, action, milestone and … [Read more...]

How to Organise, Back Up & Bring Your Digital Family Photos to Life

How to Organise, Back Up and Bring Your Family Photos to Life

This post is part of Microsoft’s #WorkWonders program. I am embarrassed to admit that I have photos stored digitally in literally dozens of different places - on my phone (plus the ones still on my old phone), on my tablet, on SD cards (I don’t like to delete my photos, just in case, so I just buy … [Read more...]

Tantrums Aren’t Just For Two Year Olds

Helping Children Learn to Manage Intense Emotions: Without a Tantrum

We regularly hear about the terrible twos and the troublesome threes but it's not uncommon to hear that even older children have tantrums.  How can this be when the experts tell us these angry outbursts are most typically a result of the frustration of young children as yet unable to verbally … [Read more...]

Why I Am Not Striving To Be A Perfect Parent

Why I Am Not Striving To Be A Perfect Parent But I Will Be A Better One

I want to be more patient with my kids. I need to lose weight. I have to get more organised. As much as this time of year is about good intentions and setting goals for the journey into the new year, it can also feel  just a wee bit discouraging to focus on all of those areas where we feel … [Read more...]