Keeping kids safe from ‘Tricky People’

Would your kids get into a van with a stranger? Isn’t that a question to keep us all awake at night… Here are my age specific tips on how to keep your kids safe.   Less than three years of age The rule should be that they stay within your line of vision – they…

Reducing Sibling Rivalry

Like cats and dogs If there is one thing that makes me countdown to bedtime it is kids fighting! It has to be one of the most frustrating aspects of parenting. I suspect I’m not alone; data shows that kids between the ages of 2-9 years average 8 disputes an hour, each going for roughly…

5 tips for a more Grateful Christmas

Ever feel like the spirit of Christmas seems to be a little lost on your little ones? You’re not the only one! A few years back, one family “cancelled Christmas” in an effort to reduce the feelings of entitlement and foster gratitude in their household. The idea of being The Grinch isn’t appealing, but I…

How to manage separation distress

It is the start of the school year, and for some of our little ones, going back to school or starting a new school can bring feelings of dread. Here are my tips on how to ease separation distress, what not to do, and when normal separation distress becomes separation anxiety disorder.   Firstly, What…

What’s grit got to do with it?

‘Grit’ is emerging as the biggest predictor of success, topping the usual suspects like IQ, education, and conscientiousness. I discuss what grit is, why it’s important, and most importantly, how we can go about fostering grit in our children. What is Grit? Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals. Grit is working hard toward…