I’m coming clean and sharing with you right now; I am guilty, as a parent, of doing what I’m about to write about, and I can’t guarantee I won’t do these things again!
When we reach a certain age, the power of our words can be understood, or at least we assume so! Kids often use harsh words, teasing and challenging, yet they barely (at least from a conscious level) understand fully, the power of those words. [Read more…]
Do you have or know a “defiant child or adolescent”; are they being naughty, or is there something else?
“Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a diagnosis described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – (Latest revision proposed for DSM 5) – as an ongoing pattern of anger guided disobedience, hostilely defiant behaviour toward authority figures which goes beyond the bounds of normal childhood behaviour. [Read more…]
This is a guest post I provided for Helen Neale at KiddyCharts.
I’m unsure at what point this was ever part of the plan! Yes, of course I wanted a family, and yes, I knew it would be tough… how tough though, when sleep deprivation occurs for us – and our children. We do get lulled into thinking that once our baby passed through the milk demolishing, nappy destroying and sleep hating stage; surely, the worst is over?
I’ve mentioned, in earlier posts, how we often unnecessarily hold a belief that we are ‘victims’ in life to most everything that happens ‘to us’. So how much can you reasonably control and influence your day-to-day living? Surprisingly more than you might imagine! [Read more…]
Communications: What are you really saying?
Generally we tend to ‘feel’ our way in any new relationship. We exercise great consideration – being mindful to avoid offending that new person in our life or being misunderstood. We do this by choosing the tone of our voice, the words we utter, our body language, and so on. Have you noticed how when you are comfortable in the space of another you can accept a friendly ‘touch’ to the arm, or allow another person to stand in your ‘bubble’ (space)?
Have you ever decided to make some big change in your life?
Was there something you were not happy with, so you decided to “turn over a new leaf”? Did you spend a huge amount of your time and energy into trying to change that which you didn’t like? [Read more…]