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Would You Love Bomb Your Child?

By Sarah Liebetrau - 9th August 2011

Oliver James is a UK-based clinical child psychologist who has recently written about a technique he calls ‘love bombing’ to help children overcome fears and anxieties that may be causing behavioural problems ... James says that this technique can solve many common behavioural problems in children, giving them a feeling of security so that many of the fears and anxieties causing their behaviour can be allayed.

What Happened to Just ‘Muddling Through' as a Parent?

By Sarah Liebetrau - 11th July 2011

These days there is so much advice available to parents, it can be hard to know where to start. It’s good to have help available 24/7, but can all this information create a feeling of overload? Would we be better off ignoring the ‘experts’ with their conflicting opinions and just relying on good old-fashioned commonsense and gut instinct to help us navigate our parenting journey? Should we just chat to our neighbour over the back fence or have a chinwag with the playgroup mums if there’s a parenting issue that is troubling us?

Why Did I Worry about Sibling Rivalry?

By Sarah Liebetrau - 3rd June 2011

It’s funny, but I’ve noticed that in life, the things I really worry about happening are often the things that I don’t need to worry about. (It’s the things I don’t see coming that often blindside me!) Before our second child was born, I worried a lot about sibling rivalry ... When our daughter was born, our then-two-year-old son’s first words upon visiting her in hospital were, “When is the doctor going to put her back into your tummy Mummy?”

Young Children Lying - Doesn't Bother Me Much

By Sarah Liebetrau - 9th May 2011

There has been a great deal of fibbing going on in our house recently. Telling of porky pies. Pulling the wool. Stretching the story to fit the circumstance. Blatant bald-faced untruths. Many parents I know find the discovery of their children lying to get out of being blamed for something, or manipulating a game to enhance their chances of winning (also known as cheating) quite disturbing. They are often unimpressed, to say the least. I have a friend who is a school teacher and she readily admits that any kind of lying and cheating is a real bug-bear of hers ... But (to tell you the truth), I’m not particularly bothered by it ...

Teaching a Child to Lose Gracefully - Winning

By Sarah Liebetrau - 18th April 2011

Recently I took my five-year-old son to play his second-ever game of ten pin bowling. At one point in the game, I got two strikes in a row. This displeased my son greatly, so he downed tools and went on strike. “I’m not playing any more!” he declared. “You’ve had two strikes and I’ve had none! It’s not fair. I’m only five, and you’re a grown-up. You’re supposed to take it easy.”

From Toddler to Big Boy - the Great Testosterone Surge

By Sarah Liebetrau - 5th April 2011

My son recently turned 5. I remember 12 months ago when he turned 4, thinking – that’s it, that’s the end of my baby. I couldn’t even classify him as a toddler any more – he was really a kid. His vocabulary was growing every day, and combined with his natural curiosity this meant he was asking increasingly complex questions about the world around him. He had begun to show some resilience and self-control as he matured. And then something peculiar happened.

I Have a Sensitive Child - a Discipline Dilemma

By Sarah Liebetrau - 16th November 2010

My husband and I are pretty much chalk and cheese in many ways. Although we have similar values and priorities in life, it's safe to say we have some pretty different approaches when it comes to parenting. My husband is from a rules-based background where you know what the rules are ... I come from a laissez-faire, lead-by-example background where there was so much else going on for my single mother that rules didn't really enter the equation.