parenting

10 Signs You’re an Overprotective Parent

By:  Dr. Gregory Ramey.     Source: New York Times (September 3, 2014) Overprotective parents have good intentions, but by doing the following they leave their kids ill-equipped to deal with the real world. 1. Tries to solve all of their children’s problems. When difficulties arise, they are quick to take control and make certain their …

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Six Strategies to Boost Self-Worth

Children and ‘self-esteem’ is heard regularly in the media, however self-efficacy is the term used in psychology and refers to a person’s belief in his/her own competence. It has nothing to do with being boastful or proud, rather having a healthy view of one’s own characteristics or abilities and what one can offer the world. …

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Dealing with a Teen that Self Harms

Self-harming is when people cause themselves physical pain in the hope that it will alter their mood state. Some people harm themselves because they feel disconnected and isolated from everybody, and hurting themselves is the only way they feel real or connected. People who cut often start cutting in their young teens. If your teen …

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Understanding tantrums

The strength of emotion that erupts from an upset preschooler can be overwhelming, both for your child and for you. Often that emotion is accompanied by tricky behaviour. Lashing out (with limbs and words) is common, and a distressed parent can often find it difficult to distinguish between the feelings the child is experiencing and …

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Teen dating

Even though your teen is on the way to adulthood, you still want to know they’re making good choices about who they hang out with and, even more so, the people they date. Tread carefully – we can’t make these choices for them and if they feel judged or controlled they will just keep us …

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The consequence of imposing consequences

By Genevieve Simperingham, Positive Parenting Coach.First published in The Natural Parent Magazine (New Zealand and Australia) “Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.”  ~  Gandhi When requests, limits and boundaries are asserted by a parent or teacher with the threat of enforced …

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