One day it happens. Your cute, adorable, cuddly baby has turned into a toddler. And she’s discovered the word, “NO”! Emphatic, heart-stopping, and powerful. The word “no” is a favourite among children because they hear it so often from parents when they m

  A pilot program introducing relaxation classes into primary schools is set to launch in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, the first initiative of its kind in Australia.   Brisbane relaxation specialists Calm for Kids are introducing the pioneeri

The arrival of a baby can be an extremely heart wrenching experience for a young child. She may feel excited yet also shocked and heartbroken. A mother I counselled confided to me that the arrival of her sister, when she was three, was the most traumatic

Biting in the early years is not different from hitting, throwing things, pushing, pulling hair or any other aggressive behaviour. Some biting can be benign and transient, but repeated biting has a deeper emotional cause that has to be addressed. A frustr

How to raise caring, responsible children without spanking, grounding, time-out and other punishments. Tired of holding the bedroom door handle closed when your child is trying to leave during a time-out? Fed up with your child trashing his room during ti

I t was a hot day and we had walked to the shop. I had promised we would buy a box of icypoles. In a moment of maternal correctness, I offered a choice – "paddlepops or coloured icypoles?", I asked. He said "I wanna look." So I lifted

“If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.” Carl G. Jung The reason a child will act unkindly or cause damage is always innoce

We opened the wrapping paper to reveal a T-shirt with the words “Trouble in training”. It might be a cute gift at first but labels can stick, and even when the child has outgrown the label (and the T-shirt), it can leave behind an indelible re

If you want to work for world peace, go home and love your families. Mother Teresa Few of us are prepared for the emotional shock wave of falling in love with our first tiny offspring. As a new parent, you hold your new child’s life in your hands, a

All children act in annoying, obnoxious, or hurtful ways at times, and they dont always cooperate with our requests. Before dealing with inappropriate behaviour in children, it is useful to know why they act the way they do. Once we know this, it is easie

The best conversations are those where it is safe to speak your mind, where the outcome is a win for all concerned, where you hear and understand while being heard and understood… The Wise Son “DMZ, Dad!” declares my son, before handing

The First ‘No’ Emma was 20 months or so -my sunny, sweet first child- and we were sitting on the sofa together, having tea with our neighbour, who was planning her first pregnancy. Emma had never really used the word before, and I had wishfull

The word discipline comes from the Latin word disciplina , which means instruction or teaching. This tells us that discipline involves everything that we do to teach our children, rather than just how we deal with difficult behaviours. Gentle discipline,