“Get a move on!” Road safety and parental rudeness

Posted by Samantha on September 18, 2015 in Communication, Conditioning, Consequences, Safety, Worry

I pulled to a stop at a red traffic light the other day. Two teachers began ushering a long line of primary school kids across the road right in front of my car bonnet. All the children wore those bright-yellow high-visibility jackets and were around six and seven years old. The teachers were so close […]

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When play looks risky should you control or let go?

Posted by Samantha on November 8, 2012 in Letting Go, Over-control, Play, Safety, Worry

I think all parents occasionally worry about their children.  It’s a natural, though frequently unhelpful, result of our great love for them. Who among us, can watch our children cycling  or climbing or skateboarding or performing without feeling somewhat anxious?  Not me anyway (yet….). Last week, on Halloween, my daughter and her friend were in […]

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When you and your child’s other parent don’t live together

Posted by Samantha on July 21, 2012 in Guilt, Hope, Parenting Dilemmas, Separation and Divorce, Worry

Ought a child have access to a parent who does not live with them?  My simple answer is yes.  Except when the better answer is no. And it really is that ‘grey’ a situation in my opinion. There are times, heart-breaking though it may be, when the better course of action may be for a […]


My baby won’t sleep through!

Posted by Samantha on November 29, 2011 in Bedtime & Sleeping, Expectations, Parenting Dilemmas, Worry

One issue that parents nowadays persistently worry about is sleeping. I think there are many reasons why we worry and fret about our babies’ and children’s sleeping patterns. For starters, in the early stages of our baby’s life we’re often sleep deprived.  It’s not easy to live our modern-day lifestyles on insufficient sleep.  We can […]

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