How should you handle moaning?

Posted by Samantha on June 18, 2014 in Thought for the day

I picked Nia up from school today in a good mood.  She was in a good mood too.  Less than an hour later she stormed out of the kitchen, slamming the door behind her.  This was the culmination of what began as a request for new pyjamas.  Apparently, none of her pyjamas or nighties are […]


When parents hurt their children

Posted by Samantha on September 18, 2013 in Courage, Guilt, Safety, Thought for the day, Violence

Daniel Pelka was murdered by his mother and her partner because adults were scared of wrongly accusing his mother of abuse. Now that he’s dead people are shocked the abuse could get so bad without detection. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-24106823 But it’s not so hard to understand really.  These days we are not allowed to say (out loud!) […]



“It’s not OK to speak to me like that.”

Posted by Samantha on March 15, 2013 in Thought for the day

“The lack of parental boundaries over unacceptable behaviour gives the child a very worrying message, that: “It’s OK to hurt people, take things from them, swear, treat your mother with disdain. Nothing much happens if you do.” Margot Sunderland, The Science of Parenting  I’ve highlighted part of this quote from Margot Sunderland’s wonderful book The […]


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 […]


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  


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 […]


Rules and relationships

Posted by Samantha on April 4, 2012 in Relationships, Respect, Rules, Thought for the day

Rules before Relationship = Resentment & Rebellion Relationship before Rules = Respect

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Help! It’s the school run…

Posted by Samantha on January 19, 2012 in Thought for the day

When I pick my two kids up from school it’s fair to say that they’re not always at their best! One is an introvert.  He really needs some quiet time for introspection and re-charging after spending all day in such close proximity to so many people.  The other is an extravert.  She is just dying […]

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Do I even know how to raise children?

Posted by Samantha on August 17, 2011 in Thought for the day

Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.  P. J. O’Rourke, American political commentator, writer and humorist (b.1947)


I want to be sure my discipline is not cruel

Posted by Samantha on August 16, 2011 in Thought for the day

Where does discipline end? Where does cruelty begin? Somewhere between these, thousands of children inhabit a voiceless hell.  Francois Mauriac, French author and Nobel laureate in literature (1885 – 1970)

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