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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…

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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…

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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…

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Parenting When Your Parents Are Around

Parenting When Your Parents Are Around

Do you notice how your kids play up when you are stressed?  How when you’re on edge that they’re going to do something inappropriate or awful, then that’s pretty much exactly what happens?!  Particularly when family members are around who could be critical of what you’re doing?! My mum is currently staying with me for…

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Does your child hate you saying No?

Does your child hate you saying No?

Do you ever despair at your child’s over-the-top reaction when you dare to say no to them?  Even when you’re being perfectly reasonable in your request? If so, this week’s video can help! A mum recently posted in our Really Useful Parenting Facebook Club about the struggle she is having with her 3 year old…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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I lost it with my daughter this week. Why we ALL need support….

I lost it with my daughter this week.  Why we ALL need support….

This week I lost it with my daughter.  It wasn’t pretty…. Of course afterwards I felt terrible, and added on my guilt with being a Parenting Instructor, so I really should know better. But that’s the thing.  We can know everything about how to ideally be with our kids.  We can also strongly want to…

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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…

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Time-In Discipline: Effective Alternatives to Time Out

Practical ways to maintain connection, build emotional intelligence and helpfully discipline your child without being punitive. Do you currently use Time Out and are now looking for an alternative? Or do you in theory not want to use Time Out but are struggling to know in practice how to deal with your child when they are being…

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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…

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Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? (& Why You Should!)

Do You Celebrate Your Birthday? (& Why You Should!)

Do you properly celebrate your own birthday?  I ask, because we’re often really great at creating a beautiful celebration for our child/ren, but can feel it’s a bit self-indulgent to make a fuss over ours.  Or we don’t want to be reminded of how old we’re getting…..! But it’s SO important to celebrate ourselves!  And…

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When Rational Explanations Aren’t What’s Needed

When Rational Explanations Aren’t What’s Needed

You know those times when you explain things again & again (& again!) but your child isn’t taking it in? When your child becomes fixated on doing or having something that you just can’t do or give right then. And you get exasperated because you’re trying to be reasonable and find other ways to help…

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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…

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Webinar: Create Your Own Meaningful Mothers’ Day

  Welcome!  We look forward to chatting with you on the Webinar. Here are the handouts created by Anne for you to download and fill-in if you wish. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Chat to you soon!  

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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…

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1 Game to Stop Annoying Behaviour in 10 Mins

1 Game to Stop Annoying Behaviour in 10 Mins

When you notice your child starting to play up, try this highly effective & fun game to turn the situation around.

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Weekend Meltdowns

Weekend Meltdowns

Weekends can be the perfect time for your child to have a meltdown. Find out why and what you can do if they happen.

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3 Tips for Getting Out Of the House in the Morning

3 Tips for Getting Out Of the House in the Morning

How is it getting out of the house in the morning with your kids to go to work, school or daycare?  Do you struggle to get out on time?  Do you get stressed, annoyed or irritated? Most of us do! We’re under the pump to be on time (do you have to report at school…

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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…

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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.

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Helping Siblings Welcome A New Baby

Helping Siblings Welcome A New Baby

“I want to throw the baby in the bin!” There can be such an expectation for our older child to be as thrilled about the new baby as we are.  And of course they often aren’t.  Their world is changing and they can be really afraid of whether there will be enough love and attention…

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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…

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Help A Baby Sleep Using Play

Help A Baby Sleep Using Play

How simply playing with your baby at bedtime can help them sleep well at night.

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The Power of Special Time

The Power of Special Time

Your child is whining, you’ve got a million jobs to do, and you need to leave the house soon. How can you get it all done? This short video will help explain the power of Special Time!

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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….

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A Friend Saved My Sanity Today – The Power of Listening

A Friend Saved My Sanity Today – The Power of Listening

It had been a hard week.  I was exhausted.  Spent.  I had nothing left to give. I was frequently in tears but had managed to hide them from everyone.  But not my crankiness.  That was very evident for my 6 year old and my husband… and the fact that I had ‘lightly’ crashed into another…

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Helping your baby sleep during the night

Helping your baby sleep during the night

Help your baby sleep through the night by listening to your baby’s emotions. Parenting by Connection and Aware Parenting will give you the tools to understand why your baby cries and how you can help them sleep.

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Dealing with Sugar Overload – Turning Anger into Laughter

Dealing with Sugar Overload – Turning Anger into Laughter

How physical & emotional connection can help a child overcome feelings of anger, aggression and sugar over-load.

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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…

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Helping A Baby Who Doesn’t Like The Bath

Helping A Baby Who Doesn’t Like The Bath

by Emma Mason From the beginning, bath time brought up a lot of feelings for our little girl. She cried reliably during and after every bath for the first 6 months of her life. Early on, this was stressful for my husband and I. Bath time was not the enjoyable and bonding experience we had…

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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…

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Being With Your Angry Child

Being With Your Angry Child

Anger is such a strong emotion that it can be very confronting to see it in our child, particularly when they are so young. The display of anger can sometimes be such a massive, out of control response that we frequently don’t know what to do. Parenting is no longer this lovely, wonderful experience. It’s…

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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….

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Teeth Cleaning – taking out the stress with Play

Teeth Cleaning – taking out the stress with Play

Does you child hate cleaning their teeth?  At the end of a busy day, with the winning line of children sleeping just in sight, it can be really frustrating to continually have a battle over doing something so basic. If this is an issue for you, what have you done?  I’ve known parents to plead…

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How To Prevent Bad Behaviour

How To Prevent Bad Behaviour

Do you & your partner go on date nights? It may not be as frequently as before kids, but do you plan time together that’s just about the 2 of you? If so, how do you feel about your partner afterwards? Closer, more connected, more loving? Special Time is a concept similar to Date Night….

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Using Play to Stop Name Calling

Using Play to Stop Name Calling

Does your child ever call you names? Or have you noticed your children’s friends are using it amongst themselves and you’d like them to stop? If you have and you want it to stop, you may have tried the following:  Asked them politely to stop Reasoned with them by explaining it’s not a nice thing…

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