Hosting Successful Play Dates

In the past children may have run in and out of each other’s houses all day long but in today’s world official arrangements are much more common. These scheduled activities become the responsibility of the hosting parent so when you decide to invite children over make sure you are set …

Read more

When Your Child Begins to Bully

Being bullied can make a child’s life a nightmare, but being the parent of a bully can be just as difficult as being the parent of a victim of bullying. Parents understand the harm bullying inflicts on others and confronting such negativity in their own children is difficult. Understanding why …

Read more

Supervising Teenagers in Your Home

Supervising teenagers in your home may sound like an easy task but it can be fraught with privacy, relationship and friendship issues. Don’t allow any of these things to keep you from making sure they remain safe in your care. When teenagers come to hang out in your home make …

Read more

Encouraging Academic Responsibility

All parents want their children to be voracious learners and do well in school but it seems that academic success comes easier for some children than it does for others. While individual children are certain to have varied strengths and weaknesses, there are many things that parents can do to …

Read more

Distracting Children When Misbehaving

Kids sometimes misbehave, it’s just a fact of life. Parents have a number of options available to them to guide and control their children’s behaviour, with many choosing to distract or redirect their children’s attention when they are misbehaving. Avoiding Tears and Emotional Outbursts Experienced parents and childminders know that …

Read more

Using ‘Time Out’ as a Punishment

Today’s parents are almost universally familiar with the concept of a “time out” as a disciplinary technique, with most finding it to be quite effective in teaching kids to learn behavioural control. Children as young as 18 months can benefit from taking a few moments of quiet reflection giving them …

Read more

Using Warnings to Control Behaviour

We’ve all seen them – the parents who are out with their children and the kids are simply refusing to cooperate. And what are Mum and Dad doing? They are issuing warning after warning but still the children run rampant. Clearly, that pair of parents hasn’t yet figured out what …

Read more

Promoting Good Behaviour

All parents hope to have cooperative, well behaved children, but promoting good behaviour in children takes time and effort. Kids misbehave at times – even really good kids, but teaching children to be cooperative and obedient is well worth the trouble. Little Ones Sometimes, parents refrain from disciplining young children, …

Read more

Using Positives in Disciplining Children

Children respond well to encouragement and positive messages. Knowing this, it makes sense that the ideal way to discipline kids would be to use positive reinforcement whenever possible, resorting to punishments only as a last resort. Start Young Very young children (even babies) will repeat actions that reward them with …

Read more

Making Household Rules

Without rules, children cannot know what is expected of them. Parents establish household rules for a number of reasons – to assure the safety of family members, to help things run smoothly, and to teach their children how to behave in ways that are beneficial to their overall development. Establishing …

Read more