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Now look what you’ve done!!

Posted by Samantha on December 3, 2012 in Boundaries, Discipline, Mistakes, Parenting Dilemmas, Respect, Rules

Last week I had a question from a parent wondering  what to do about a five year old girl who ignored her mother’s requests to stop playing with a snow-globe in the home of someone they were visiting. Fearing a breakage, this Mum upped her requests to a clear (and no doubt reasonable) insistence that […]

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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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When we think we’re bad parents…

Posted by Samantha on February 20, 2012 in Hope, Mistakes

A couple of weeks ago a mother of 3 teenage children was sharing with me how she had noticed that whenever she started being down on her kids, she would usually discover that behind all that impatience and irritation with the children, she was actually being down on herself. Her insight reminded me of a […]

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Making mistakes is ok

Posted by Samantha on December 7, 2011 in Mistakes, Perfectionism, Self-care

It is so conceited and timid to be ashamed of one’s mistakes.  Of course they are mistakes. Go on to the next. Brenda Ueland, US journalist and author (1891 – 1985) I didn’t really believe (in my heart as opposed to my head) until quite recently that mistakes were an essential part of life.  It […]

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Is disapproving of our kids ok?

Posted by Samantha on November 17, 2011 in Boundaries, Change, Disapproval, Discipline, Mistakes

In the past week I’ve really noticed how much disapproval is expressed in our world. Yesterday I overheard someone complaining and disapproving because a car had stopped to let a passenger out in an inappropriate spot.  A second person, to whom the passenger apologised as they got their bags together, graciously said “It’s ok, you’re […]

 
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What really matters?

Posted by Samantha on October 4, 2011 in Consequences, Discipline, Letting Go, Mistakes, Punishment

 Ask yourself this question: “Will this matter a year from now?” Richard Carlson, American psychotherapist and author (1961 – 2006) This is such great, simple advice.  How can we make it work for us in our daily lives as parents? So often, in the heat of the moment, when we’re dealing with children, everything can seem […]

 
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Where does my responsibility end and my child’s begin?

Posted by Samantha on August 3, 2011 in Consequences, Mistakes, Responsibility

I deleted this sentence from my blog yesterday about allowing children to experience the consequences of their actions: We’ve become confused about where my responsibility ends and yours begins; where individual responsibility ends and societal responsibility begins; where a child’s responsibility ends and parental responsibility begins. But that’s another blog. Then today I read this […]

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