What is involved in family health? Genetics, healthy lifestyle, open respectful communication, parents who are strong and confident in their roles and provide clear boundaries. All of these might be good goals for most of us, so where do things go wrong?

Have you ever spoken to your child in a way that left you feeling disappointed in yourself? Perhaps you were going through a stressful time and you found yourself ‘snapping’, using language or physical power with your child in a way that you later regrett

When asked what I would like to be when I grew up, I can’t say I actually aspired to being a divorcée, however glamorous it sounded, or, for that matter, a wicked stepmother. I don’t know about you, but it’s not exactly every girl’s childhood fantasy, and

In the relatively short time I have been parenting my two children, I have learned something very important: What I do and who I am reflects back at me through my child’s behaviour and actions. This is the single most important thing that I have lea

Children tend to “act up”, or “misbehave” when they are feeling insecure, and few things in a childs life cause as much insecurity as the separation of his or her parents. It is critically important for parents to recognize that any behavioural issues at

In this day and age, families come in all shapes and sizes, and are created in various ways. Scientific and technological advancements in the field of fertility, as well as the growing number of adoption agencies worldwide have altered the idea of a &lsqu

My sons conception took me by surprise, as did his birth. He did not take in life-giving air for 14 minutes. He lay on the floor in front of me: not breathing, not alive as he had been inside me, not moving. I felt calm and dispassionate. I knew that some

The Doctors office with Erin is usually good for a laugh or at least an embarrassing episode and today was no exception. She played well with one of the fifty year old wooden toys where you slide the multi-coloured shapes up and down various twisted wires

I was the perfect parent. When Mother Nature was handing out maternal instinct she evidently gave me a huge double helping. Obviously I’d been to a few parenting classes, read a few magazines and it did help that I was on a first name basis with a f

The concept of self-confidence has been highly misunderstood. It has been confused with being outgoing, social and extrovert. We forget that it takes as much courage and self-esteem to assert one’s need for quiet, privacy or solitude. Self-esteem is