Draining Energy Levels

Draining Energy Levels

I love the relaxed pace of School holidays, slowing down to enjoy greater connection, creativity, adventure, and exercise with my kids. This time also allows me to explore and thoughtfully reflect on tricky conversations that may be needed in their particular season. Life with children has a combination of the good, the happy, the tricky, and the messy times. Sometimes parenting can be a roller-coaster ride, and for that reason, it's vitally important that we look after ourselves, attend to...

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Connecting with your child’s heart

Connecting with your child’s heart

A fortnight ago, we planned to go to the Viking exhibition at the Melbourne Museum, and after reading the reviews and chatting with 2 families we decided to alter our course. As we entered the fringes of the city, my son spotted an eagle painted on a wall, and this led him to express his interest in street art and inquired if we could go around Melbourne and explore the varied impressions and creativity of the city's  street art. As we googled street art locations, it was interesting to...

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Whose Problem is it?

Whose Problem is it?

Whose Problem, Is it? Confession As a mother, I was well entrenched in doing the thinking, (instructing/lecturing) for and on behalf of my kids, especially when there was a problem. On many occasions, I would jump in and rescue them at school, home or anywhere else. This made life tricky and drained my energy levels as I navigated through the tedious task of solving my kid’s problems. The narrative sounded like: What did they say, what did you say? I think you should……., or You shouldn't…. I’m...

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Building connection with your kids

Building connection with your kids

A fortnight ago, we planned to go to the Viking exhibition at the Melbourne Museum, after reading the reviews and chatting with 2 families we decided to alter our course. As we entered the fringes of the city, my son spotted an eagle painted on a wall, which led him to express his interest in street art and inquired if we could go around Melbourne and explore the varied impressions and creativity of the city's  street art. As we googled street art locations, it was interesting to discover that...

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Having Your Kids Restore your Energy Levels when they are Drained.

Having Your Kids Restore your Energy Levels when they are Drained.

Draining Energy Levels I love the relaxed pace of School holidays, slowing down to enjoy greater connection, creativity, adventure, and exercise with my kids. This time also allows me to explore and thoughtfully reflect on  tricky conversations that may be needed in their particular season. Life with children has a combination of the good, the happy, the tricky and the messy times. Sometimes parenting can be a roller-coaster ride, and for that reason it's vitally important that we look after...

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Empathy Begins with YOU

Empathy Begins with YOU

[responsivevoice_button voice="Australian Female" buttontext="Listen to Post"] The Gift of Empathy-Begins with You Empathy Opens the Heart and Mind to Learning while Frustration and Anger Builds a Wall of Defence. Love and LogicTM Self-empathy is the act of giving yourself empathy, listening to your own feelings and unmet needs with compassion and understanding, in order to embrace peace, new strength and wisdom for true connection with yourself and others. During the school holidays I had...

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Holding Our Kids Accountable with Empathy

Holding Our Kids Accountable with Empathy

[responsivevoice_button voice="Australian Female" buttontext="Listen to Post"] Last week I wrote about the power of using choices especially with resistant and strong-willed children. What do we do when our child is resistant to our choices or doesn’t follow through. It can be really annoying when your child is continually forgetting or refusing to do what is expected or requested. Quite often we can resort to what we experienced, by either giving in and reluctantly doing it ourselves, or...

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My Way or the Highway

My Way or the Highway

[responsivevoice_button voice="Australian Female" buttontext="Listen to Post"] Over the School holidays I caught up with a friend. As we were sharing our parenting journey our teenage girls decided to join us. My friend’s daughter queried what’s strong-willed, and am I strong –willed. The reply from her mother was careful and sensitive as my daughter was listening tentatively. Much to our surprise my daughter boomed in with” It’s my way or the Highway” LOL. This week my daughter has been home...

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Draining Energy Levels

Facilitating your children to navigate through their problems with their Siblings

[responsivevoice_button voice="Australian Female" buttontext="Listen to Post"] Do you have a child that likes to dominate or take control, where other siblings feel victimised or regularly not valued? It’s tough to watch our children experience this treatment or behaviour. As a parent, we experience the tension of struggling with our emotions and keeping us under control whilst resisting the urge to jump in and solve the problem. Allowing our children to own and solve their problems builds...

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Holidays-Opportunities for navigating through Sibling Rivalry????!!!

Holidays-Opportunities for navigating through Sibling Rivalry????!!!

[responsivevoice_button voice="Australian Female" buttontext="Listen to Post"] For some, holidays can be wonderful occasions to connect, relax and have some family adventures, and for others it can bring a sense of dread, or frustration with the intervals of sibling rivalry. The constant strain of conflict can easily bring us undone, and can take the fun out of parenting. This was true of me, I defaulted to the rant, rave, and rescue cycle, only to discover that I felt powerless to bring about...

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Why Is It So Hard To Allow Our Kids To Make Mistakes

Why Is It So Hard To Allow Our Kids To Make Mistakes

[responsivevoice_button voice="Australian Female" buttontext="Listen to Post"] I have been working with a group of parents, empowering them to put the fun back into their parenting while raising resilient happy kids. A realisation dawned on them that its sooooooooo hard to allow their kids to make mistakes. One parent had the revelation that it’s about my issues, my control and my fears. WOW what a great insight. The inconvenience, partnered with the level of tolerance to allow our kids to...

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Staying Strong When Things Get Tough

Staying Strong When Things Get Tough

[responsivevoice_button voice="Australian Female" buttontext="Listen to Post"] Strong Willed children have great qualities and make great leaders. That’s what someone shared with me about my 2 children. I wasn’t convinced that all the struggle and stress was worth the fostering of this quality. It was doing my head in. I needed some powerful strategies to work with these gifted strong -willed children. I needed to be better equipped as a parent to facilitate the challenges, opposition and also...

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Morning Routine and Responsibilities

Morning Routine and Responsibilities

[responsivevoice_button voice="Australian Female" buttontext="Listen to Post"] Heading back to school and work, with the routine of the responsibilities, can be overwhelming and tricky, especially when our kids don’t feel the need to step up, comply or contribute. This is not fun as a parent, and can leave us feeling very frustrated when we find ourselves reacting, punishing, or giving up, most often when we feel stuck or don’t know another way around it. I know the feelings all too well,...

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What are you needing as a parent in 2018?

What are you needing as a parent in 2018?

[responsivevoice_button voice="Australian Female" buttontext="Listen to Post"] What are you needing as parents in 2018? What are you wanting or hoping to see change or develop or enhanced for you and your family. What are the challenges in the year ahead? I am navigating through a son repeating year 4 and supporting him to own and solve his problems and challenges in order to continue to grow in resilience and responsibility. My teenage girl is starting year 7, and I know the year will be...

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Getting more out of your kids with choices

Getting more out of your kids with choices

[responsivevoice_button voice="Australian Female" buttontext="Listen to Post"] Do you ever have trouble with your kids saying ‘No’, ‘I don’t have to’ or ‘Why’, or choose to do the exact opposite of what you have asked, or not even respond at all – even ignoring you or your request? How would you like your young child or adolescent answer you with a response or desired behaviour in the first 20 seconds? The KEY to having what you want lies in the POWER OF SHARING CONTROL. When we...

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