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Old FFFF

How do you feel when your kids won’t do what you want them to do, or when they are being incredibly annoying and seem to be intent on driving you nuts? Frustrated? Irritated? Cross? Angry? Overwhelmed? Like you just want to give up?(!) Ever wish you could wave a magic wand and for everything to… Continue Reading

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Reducing Aggression Webinar

It’s awful, isn’t it, when it’s your child who’s hitting others?! So SIGN UP TODAY to find out: – WHY your child is lashing out (there can be more reasons than you think) – WHAT you can do at home to help with their aggression – HOW to help your child in the heat of… Continue Reading

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Reduce Aggressive Behaviour Webinar

My beautiful little boy has become aggressive & annoying.  He’s roaring like a lion at everyone, hitting out at his friends and threw a train at another child’s head at playgroup this week.  Marvellous…… How are yours?  Are any of them acting up & lashing out?  It’s bloody irritating isn’t it?! SIGN UP TODAY FOR… Continue Reading

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Why Our Kids Become Aggressive

Why Our Kids Become Aggressive

My beautiful little boy has become aggressive & annoying.  He’s roaring like a lion at everyone, hitting out at his friends and threw a train at another child’s head at playgroup this week.  Marvellous…… How are yours?  Are any of them acting up & lashing out?  It’s bloody irritating isn’t it?! SIGN UP TODAY FOR… Continue Reading

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What About YOU?!

What About YOU?!

Now that the new school term has started, have you booked your kids in for various after-school activities?  Tennis? Piano? Soccer?  Swimming?  Ballet?  Gymnastics?  Drama?  Rugby?  Etc, etc, etc When I was booking my daughter into her aerial silks and gymnastics glasses, I started to think WHAT ABOUT ME?! I’m happy to pay for Emily… Continue Reading

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Bedtime Soothing Techniques – Are They Helpful?

Bedtime Soothing Techniques – Are They Helpful?

Do you find yourself endlessly stroking, singing or patting your child to sleep?  Or hunting for the best soothing music?  Or creating very specific routines which turns into a disaster at the slightest deviation? If bedtime has become this drawn-out, ever-so-stressful-but-I’m-trying-to-radiate-calm-energy-so-you-will-go-to-sleep-before-I-scream experience(!), then it’s helpful to look at whether these soothing tactics & routines are… Continue Reading

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Stop Waiting For The Hard Times To Pass

Stop Waiting For The Hard Times To Pass

Do you ever find yourself hearing or saying “This too shall pass” when everything feels so unbelievably hard or out of control? When the baby won’t sleep, the toddler is hurling food & cutlery across the room, the child is refusing to get ready for school and the partner is wondering why you’re stressed? But… Continue Reading

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“Don’t Eat MY Blueberries!”

“Don’t Eat MY Blueberries!”

One afternoon this week, my 2 year old son had a meltdown over me eating a blueberry from the full punnet he had taken from the fridge. He was so insistent that they were HIS blueberries and that I couldn’t have any.  “They’re MINE”.  “Don’t eat MY blueberries”. He got very upset and started to… Continue Reading

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Transforming an Angry Child

Transforming an Angry Child

A little while ago I posted about how I was feeling resentful towards my kids during the summer holidays, and how I managed to turn that around. What happened after I sent the email & uploaded the video was amazing. And full-on….. My 8 year old had a MASSIVE anger ‘tantrum’ and then a huge cry… Continue Reading

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special success

Woo hoo!  You’re booked in! Am so pleased and am really looking forward to chatting with you directly. Next Steps 1. Book in your times with me through the booking system below:   2. Download this Pre-Consultation Questionnaire This helps me to gain an understanding before we chat so that we can make the most of… Continue Reading

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SPECIAL CONSULTATION PACKAGE

SPECIAL CONSULTATION PACKAGE

How are you? How are your kids? How’s your parenting going….?! Do you want some extra support?  Some tailored advice for your specific challenges with your kids? Sometimes reading articles & watching videos is perfect, but sometimes you just need something a bit more specific. Someone you can ask all of your questions to and, together, work out… Continue Reading

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Ever Feel Resentful Towards Your Kids?

Ever Feel Resentful Towards Your Kids?

Here in Oz, we are in the midst of our long summer school holidays.  And I had recently started to feel RESENTFUL. And then I figured that I probably wasn’t alone….. So am wondering do you ever feel resentful towards your kids?! In my case, this past week I had started to feel: Resentful that… Continue Reading

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Raising Happy Kids Conference

I’m so excited – the Raising Happy Kids Conference is coming to Sydney in less than 2 weeks.  Plus, I’m going to be speaking! Are you coming….?! This is the perfect place to hear from a range of incredible speakers about topics we all struggle with as parents.  Topics include: Connecting with Your Toddler &… Continue Reading

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‘Spoiled Outing’ Phenomenon

Have you ever taken your child out for a really lovely trip, or planned something gorgeous for them, only for them to turn around and be rude, uncooperative, ungrateful or generally awful?! Or you’ve created a fabulous birthday party and they have a meltdown at the end of it, saying it was “the worst day… Continue Reading

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Special Time Mission: Impossible Day 6

Welcome to Day 6! Okay – I’m officially re-naming today’s Mission to MISSION: DELIGHTFUL. So your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to do something delightful just for YOU! Ultimately, WE need Special Time too.  We can’t keep on giving & giving & giving.  We NEED to be nurtured and cherished too. It’s not… Continue Reading

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“Go Away Mummy!” – what to do

Has your child ever told you to go away?  Actually, have they shouted it at you?!  And probably whilst you’re trying to get close to them to help them when they were upset or getting angry over something? When my daughter used to shout it at me, I wasn’t really sure of the best way… Continue Reading

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Special Time Mission: Impossible Day 4

Emotions…..  They can be messy things.  And often come up at inconvenient times! But as Brene Brown says (I’m paraphrasing here) – you can’t just dampen one type of emotion.  If you try to suppress one (such as sadness), you dampen them all. So when we give our loving attention to our children, and play… Continue Reading

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Special Time Mission: Impossible Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of our very important MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE…… So hopefully you’ve had a couple of days of doing Special Time with your children.  How’s it going?  Is it easier that you thought?  Or harder?  Are you noticing any of the benefits I mentioned yesterday?  Come on over to our Facebook Group to let us… Continue Reading

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Helping Your Child After An Injury Or Medical Procedure

Helping Your Child After An Injury Or Medical Procedure

Recently I’ve been dealing with a very accident prone little toddler (poor thing!). So this week’s video is about how a simple thing such as a carseat can help your child deal with painful accidents and medical procedures such as vaccinations, blood tests, etc. I know – it seems strange, but this is about how a seemingly… Continue Reading

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Webinar: 10 Tips To Reduce Arguing with your Partner About Parenting

Webinar: 10 Tips To Reduce Arguing with your Partner About Parenting

Does your partner refuse to read any of the amazing articles or books that have inspired your parenting choices? Does he roll his eyes when you ask him to change his approach? Are you feeling frustrated that he’s not doing what you’d ideally want him to do? This is such a common complaint!  Particularly by mums.  We… Continue Reading

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DAY 2 – Fewer Fights & Fabulous Fun!

Welcome to Day 2! Today we look at a brilliant parenting book called Playful Parenting by Dr Lawrence Cohen – I can’t recommend it highly enough why play is so effective.  Apart from it being great fun – there are a variety of reasons it’s so helpful. the importance of emotional release – perfect for releasing… Continue Reading

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DAY 1 – Fewer Fights & Fabulous Fun!

Welcome to Day 1 of Fewer Fights & Fabulous Fun!  Am so pleased you’re here and you’re joining us for these 5 days. If you don’t know me yet, I’m a Parenting Educator & Mentor, specialising in Hand in Hand Parentings’ Parenting by Connection and Aware Parenting.  I’m also mum to 7 year old Emily (who… Continue Reading

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ANNOYING to AMAZING – Join us!

ANNOYING to AMAZING – Join us!

 – Do your kids ever drive you CRAZY?! – Are you looking for a respectful, practical and effective way of dealing with those challenging moments? – Would you like more FUN in your parenting and family? If so, welcome to ANNOYING to AMAZING! Over 6 weeks you will: Find out more about your brain and… Continue Reading

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Old & New Parenting Paradigms & Why We Find Parenting Hard

Old & New Parenting Paradigms & Why We Find Parenting Hard

Do you ever wonder why being a parent can be so hard? Or why you’ve got no idea what to do, or why you completely lose it and end up sounding just like your mum?!

One of the reasons why is that we’re often doing things differently to how we were parented. So here’s a simplified review of different parenting paradigms throughout the past century. Continue Reading

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Parenting by Connection Starter Class

Parenting by Connection Starter Class

Join me for 2 hours each week for 6 weeks in this transformative in-person private group Do you ever feel overwhelmed or frustrated when your child is crying or having a tantrum? Would you like some loving and effective strategies to handle your child’s strong emotions such as anger or fear? Did you know you can use play as a discipline tool and… Continue Reading

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Dealing with Loss, Grief & Sadness

Dealing with Loss, Grief & Sadness

This is a topic I wish I didn’t have to write about.  It’s about loss, grieving and sadness as our beloved dog Skip died this week. I’ve been dealing with my own grief, plus my 6 year old’s.  Below are points on how we can help our children during difficult times.  Plus, I’ve also included… Continue Reading

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Thank you for booking the Parenting by Connection Starter Class – Parent Group

Hooray!  Am so pleased you’ve booked your spot in the upcoming Parenting by Connection Starter Class. I’ll send you an email with all the details, but if you have any questions before then, please contact me (details below). It’s going to be a great 6 weeks so I really looking forward to seeing you there! Helena… Continue Reading

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Helping with Separation Anxiety – at Bedtime & School

Helping with Separation Anxiety – at Bedtime & School

My 6 year old daughter, Emily, had never been great separating from me.  Once I’d gone, she was fine, but the point of separation was always very hard for her, and increasingly frustrating for me.  For over a year, leaving her in at school was frequently difficult, plus separation at bedtime could be challenging too.… Continue Reading

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NS Workshop: Attachment Play & Setting Limits

NS Workshop: Attachment Play & Setting Limits

with Marion Rose & Helena Mooney Sunday 27 July 2014 from 1.00 – 5.00pm Mosman  UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED – WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. Did you know that laughter and play have powerful therapeutic effects for children and parents? When we are finding things challenging – when our toddler won’t let us… Continue Reading

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NB Seminar: Parenting After Separation – Helping Your Children Thrive

NB Seminar: Parenting After Separation – Helping Your Children Thrive

Saturday 21 June: 1.30 – 4.30pm Brookvale NSW | Brookvale Community Centre Are you a parent going through a divorce or separation? This can be a really challenging time as you’re needing to make major changes in your life emotionally, physically, logistically and financially.   And as you’re searching for a way to deal with the… Continue Reading

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Strive to Thrive with a ‘Pack-a-Punch’ Lunch

Strive to Thrive with a ‘Pack-a-Punch’ Lunch

by Amanda Kane & Tanya Fleming from Pinkfarm When packing our children’s lunch boxes we prioritise quality over quantity. The modest quantity of lunch given to our children is intensified by the nutrient dense, quality food choices we provide them with. What is nutrient density? Nutrient dense foods are unrefined, unprocessed and made from whole… Continue Reading

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Why A Tantrum Is Not Always What It Seems

Why A Tantrum Is Not Always What It Seems

Sometimes our children have the biggest cries over the smallest of things.  We can be completely baffled why they are so upset over something so minor as the wrong colour plate, the wrong t-shirt or event a biscuit being slightly broken. It can lead to us becoming infuriated, bewildered or upset ourselves.  Sometimes we can… Continue Reading

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Why Your Child Can’t Think Straight During A Tantrum

Why Your Child Can’t Think Straight During A Tantrum

Have you ever tried to reason with your child when they are having a tantrum?  Or have you ever wondered why on earth they are making such a massive fuss over something seemingly so unimportant? The reason is not that your child is wilfully ignoring you, or manipulating you or making a fuss over nothing.… Continue Reading

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