The power of self-forgiveness – and why it is important for your parenting. – Parents Article

I came across this quote recently and it really spoke to me. Of course, this isn’t only true for women, but men too. I think it’s highly applicable to parenting. Sometimes I think we’re our own worst enemies when it comes to parenting. Yes, it is wonderful when we set the bar high and aim to be the very best parent we can be, but it can also be incredibly damaging. I come across far too many parents who confess…

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Starting Childcare When Your Baby has Separation Anxiety – Parents Article

Leaving your baby or child in the care of others can be a stressful time for parents, some children take the transition in their stride, but others struggle much more with the separation. While some settings and childcare providers offer brilliant support and advice to ease the transition, others are less helpful. Much is made of attachment theory in early years settings, yet I’m not certain that some truly understand its implications. I have often seen well-meaning nursery workers peeling…

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5 Ways to Reduce Tricky Behaviour From New Big Siblings – Parents Article

The following is an excerpt from my ‘The Second Baby Book’: Ultimately, the solution to all behaviour problems that arise in the wake of the arrival of a new baby in the family is time. Until that time passes however, the following five steps can really help to reassure your child, which in turn will reduce their grief, frustration, confusion and hopefully their tricky behaviour eventually. 1. Understanding and EmpathyRemind yourself that your child is not jealous, they are grieving, and they are…

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The Two Most Important Steps to Coping with any Behaviour – and why so Many get it Wrong! – Parents Article

I often speak with parents who are struggling with a specific behaviour, such as hitting. They will say “I keep telling them to stop and explain why they shouldn’t do it – but it just keeps happening!”. The problem here is not necessarily what the parent has done, but what they *haven’t* done. Dealing with tricky behaviour is a two step process. If you skip one of these processes, it’s almost inevitable that your discipline will be ineffective. What are…

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Sometimes, a Mom Needs to Be Mothered – Parents Article

“I’ve got a sinus infection,”  I texted the friend who was picking me up at an unfamiliar airport in an unfamiliar town. “Do you have any antibiotics?” “We’ve got your back,” she replied. She wasn’t kidding. When she delivered me to our destination, she and my other friends had arranged an array of medications on the bathroom counter—everything and more than I needed to beat the nasty bug that reared its ugly head on a way to the Inclusion Fusion…

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HELP! How Do I “Train Up My Child in the Way She Should Go” As a Single Mom? – Melonie By Grace – Single Mum, Parents Article

‘Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6  Hi Mamas! It’s been on my heart to share how I teach my daughter about Christ!  This is such an important topic to me — I feel very strongly about guiding my daughter to Christ, largely because (1) I care about her eternity, and (2) I want my child to encounter Christ early in her life, to be in…

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