kloppenmum is me, Karyn Van Der Zwet, mother of three and ex-teacher. One day I woke up and realised that, by following common parenting advice, we had created a sad and tantrum-y boy, I spent more than seven years reading everything I could about the human condition : neurology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, physical health… I became really ANGRY with most of the parenting advice around. (Have none of the ‘experts’ and medical people read the science?) We changed what we were doing, all through trial and error with many mistakes and now – all is well.
I have written two books: WHY PEOPLE DRIVE YOU CRAZY, A FRESH LOOK AT TEMPERAMENT, which is a short and fun interpretation of some complicated science with practical ideas for interacting with one another; and ALL ABOUT TANTRUMS, WHY WE HAVE THEM, HOW TO PREVENT THEM, WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY HAPPEN, which also explains some complex biological reactions in (reasonably) simple terms, includes more than 30 possible tantruming situations with practical prevention/management strategies and most importantly (I think anyway) WHY they work!
I sometimes write for World Moms Blog and have had articles printed in both: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Children and Young People) Journal and the US parenting magazine, Pathways to Family Wellness.
Boring bits: I’m a New Zealander born and raised – born in Hastings, grew up in rural Hawke’s Bay, now live on a life-style block (more block than lifestyle) just out of Napier, I was a primary teacher for mumble years; I travelled for four years in a typically round peg way; taught some more; met my husband and eventually had three children; and I’m f.i.n.a.l.l.y. starting to feel like myself again – after 12 years or so of pregnancies, babies and toddlers.
You can follow me on facebook, kloppenmum, or on Twitter, @kloppenmum, also now pinterest, Karyn At Kloppenmuym.
Thanks to Mr Hare for taking the photo. Cheers, son: xxxx.