Tag Archives: discipline

Parenting Styles and Unexpected Outcomes

I think it was NZ parenting guru Ian Grant who invented the parenting labels: brick wall, jellyfish and backbone. Today I am going to add in an exoskeleton parenting style. Although there are about as many different ways to parent … Continue reading

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Parents: Did YOU make the Commitment or did THEY?

When Mr Hare was four and some months old, I shocked the other members of our coffee group by removing him from a music class – half way through a term. The general thought was: how would he ever learn … Continue reading

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Parents: Discipline and the Power of Silence

(Apologies, another long one.) I recently watched my first episode of ‘The World’s Strictest Parents’ and it was fascinating. The girl who was sent away was still pretty dreadful to her mother on her return. The boy, who had been smoking … Continue reading

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Your kid is Fat or a Brat? You did it. Now fix it.

…or a bitch or a bully for that matter… As you can probably tell, this is a very blunt post which involves no Political Correctness or pandering to your ego. Every time we tell someone that families are different and … Continue reading

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Home Menus: Unexpected Benefits for Parents of Fussy Eaters

People who read this, and know my lovely husband Craig, will know what I mean when I say he’s more relaxed than a sofa. He has a classic Tortoise temperament – solid, salt-of-the-earth and he never sweats the small stuff. … Continue reading

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Parenting Trick: The Power of Three

Often when people speak to me about their children’s non-compliance (over small reasonable requests), the dreaded word – consistency – pops up. Consistency is an ideal and probably not what most parents can realistically manage – we all have bad … Continue reading

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Conscious Behaviour Begins at Home

Conscious awareness of our own behaviour will appear naturally, and in bursts, throughout our childhood and early adulthood, but only if the early work is done by our parents or by the social environment in which we live. For Mr Butterfly, … Continue reading

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