How much whingeing is enough?

Posted by Samantha on March 3, 2014 in Feelings, Happiness, Ignoring Behaviour, Parenting Dilemmas

I recently overheard an exchange between a father and daughter at our local swimming pool. It began with a Dad trying to blow-dry his daughter’s hair and not getting as much cooperation as he needed.  His daughter wasn’t facing him or staying still.  She was around 8 years old so it wasn’t an unreasonable request […]


Should children have best friends?

Posted by Samantha on May 3, 2013 in Happiness, Over-control, Relationships, Trust

Earlier this week I was musing with my husband about whether all this well-meaning parental interference in our children’s friendships was hampering the development of those friendships and in particular, best-friend relationships. I’ve had plenty of conversations with parents who have said that their children do not yet have a solid best-friend. I recall that […]


I’m so glad it isn’t just me!

Posted by Samantha on May 5, 2012 in Happiness, Hope, Thought for the day

Cheryl Wheeler’s fabulous song Unworthy makes me laugh so hard…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWOx95nje4Y  


What’s the best compliment a parent can receive about their kids?

Posted by Samantha on November 15, 2011 in Discipline, Happiness, Hope, Love

I read a story online recently where British actress Kate Winslet shared about how she was recently complimented by a fellow traveller about how well-behaved her children were on an airplane. She went on to say how she loved when strangers commented in this way on how nicely behaved her children were. I really understand […]


How much stuff is too much for kids?

Posted by Samantha on October 7, 2011 in Consequences, Happiness, Materialism, Resilience, Stuff

It’s important to make sure we’re not compromising our children’s long-term contentment for short-term fulfilment.  No-where is this more relevant than when we contemplate how much stuff is reasonable to give our children. We’ll all differ with regard to how much stuff we buy for our offspring.  One parent’s spoiled is another parent’s deprived. More […]


When your child is unhappy

Posted by Samantha on October 5, 2011 in Empathy, Feelings, Happiness, Unhappiness

Our goal in parenting is to guide our children to peaceful and contented lives.  It’s a long-term goal.  Our children may be desperately unhappy in the moment but that doesn’t mean we’re not still guiding them towards happiness. In fact, if we’re doing our job right and keeping our long-term goal in mind, then it’s […]


Happiness is…dealing with problems

Posted by Samantha on July 27, 2011 in Happiness, Responsibility

Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them. H. Jackson Brown Jr., American author (b.1940) A friend of mine, with Buddhist leanings, explained to me once that life was essentially unfair.  I have a different way of understanding this important wisdom.  I prefer to believe that things only seem […]

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