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Who’s in charge in your family?

Posted by Samantha on June 4, 2015 in Boundaries, Communication, Connection, Expectations, Respect, Trust

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that […]

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The Naughty Step is traumatising our children

Posted by Samantha on October 20, 2012 in Boundaries, Connection, Consequences, Discipline, Punishment, Time Out

This week the participants on my Update Your Parenting workshop were discussing the use of Time Out and the Naughty Step.  I was reminded once again of how much Supernanny has impacted parents since she first aired in 2004.  Just about everyone attending the workshop was using some version of Time Out. My advice to […]

 
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Celebrating Grandparents

Posted by Samantha on October 6, 2012 in Connection, Hope, Love, Materialism, Relationships, Thought for the day

This Sunday is Grandparents Day. I’d like to share some of my longing for that day. I long for a day when all grandparents receive appreciation for an important job, sincerely undertaken, on a daily basis. I long for the day when we share our appreciation of grandparents from a place of true honesty rather […]

 
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Should we say sorry to our children?

Posted by Samantha on May 28, 2012 in Character, Communication, Connection, Mistakes, Parenting Dilemmas, Relationships, Respect

I was recently asked what my position on saying sorry to children was. Personally, I say sorry to my children on a regular basis.  I do this because like every parent, I make mistakes.  I still say and do things I regret and wish to make amends for.  Most recently, I did it yesterday at […]

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Time Out….For Parents

Posted by Samantha on May 10, 2012 in Anger, Communication, Connection, Empathy, Relationships, Self-care

Here’s a story from a Mum I was working with this week. This Mum’s attention was attracted by the sound of her 10 month old daughter crying.  She followed the sound and discovered her two daughters in the bathroom.  The baby’s head and shoulders were covered in talcum powder.  Her four year old daughter was […]

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Should you punish disrespectful behaviour?

Yesterday, my daughter taught me another great lesson. If we fail to discipline our children for being disrespectful, we are not serving them well. Nia tried Judo for the first time yesterday.  She loved it.  However, afterwards, she was cranky and rude to me.  I told her that hunger and tiredness were no excuse for […]

 
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“He did it deliberately!” Dealing with sibling woes

Posted by Samantha on March 21, 2012 in Connection, Empathy

Here’s a story from yesterday.  It’s post-school and pre-dinner.  Never the greatest time of day for my two hungry children! I’m preparing our meal in the kitchen and the next thing I know there’s a 5 year old year old girl standing wailing at me.  It seems her 7 year old brother has knocked over […]

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When your child says “I HATE you!”…?

Posted by Samantha on August 23, 2011 in Boundaries, Connection, Empathy, Feelings, Parenting Dilemmas, Punishment

Yesterday, after I picked my daughter up from camp, I spent the next few hours fielding a variety of childish behaviour that ranged from a mildly off-putting bossy tone of voice, through an assortment of teenage-style eye-rolling, right up to the entirely unhelpful “I hate you”.  For those who need a reminder, she’s five. A […]

 
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Anger hurts us all

Posted by Samantha on July 11, 2011 in Anger, Connection, Gratitude

Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before – it takes something from him.  Louis L’Amour, American author (1908 – 1988)   In the past my rageful episodes with my children would frequently be followed by shame, guilt and remorse.  I […]

 
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True discipline comes from inside

Posted by Samantha on January 31, 2011 in Connection, Discipline

Discipline imposed from the outside eventually defeats when it is not matched by desire from within. Dawson Trotman, American Christian evangelist (1906 – 1956) How many families find themselves experiencing the truth of this quote when a previously well-behaved child hits their teenage years and begins to rebel against discipline imposed from the outside? So […]

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