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Age Appropriate Consequences and Rewards for 14-17 Year Olds

By now those pubescent hormones should be well and truly raging! Nothing is fair; nobody understands them; and no one’s life is in any way more trying and unfair than their’s is. It’s during this period of puberty that setting consequences and following through on them becomes even harder for parents. Gone are the days […]

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Age Appropriate Consequences and Rewards 10-13 Year Olds

The most difficult thing about being a parent is having to say “No” or sit back and watch as our little darlings/terrors experience the consequences of their actions or inactions. Experiencing for themselves both the negative consequences and positive rewards that result from their behaviour, is the only way “adults in training” (our children) can […]

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Age Appropriate Consequences for 5-9 Year Olds

The cold wetness seeped through the thin cotton of the clean socks Jen had pulled on only moments before. Screwing her face up, she let her head fall back and from between flattened lips hissed a tirade of unprintable words. That little sod has done it again, she thought to herself. He’s 8 years old […]

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How to Raise Kids with CANDo Attitude

I don’t know about you, but I really hope my kids grow up with the kind of kick-ass CANDo attitude that will help them go-get the life they want when they become adults. Whether they do end up CANDo go-getters will be down largely to me: 1) making sure they grow up feeling good about […]

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Teaching your Kids Skills for Living

Parents these days are apt to shove the responsibility for teaching their children essential life skills onto the schools.  This attitude is causing a huge gap in their education meaning too many children are growing up unable to function as responsible and effective adults. We need to get in touch with our Inner Imp Honesty […]

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How to Survive the Summer School Holidays

Arhhhh!  It’s that time of year again.  The kids have their long summer break from school and your usually peaceful home has turned into a battle zone.  Nerves are frayed, tension is mounting and war has nothing on the bickering between siblings and the constant cries of “I’m bored!”. You need to grab your Inner […]

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep! I touched on this topic a while back in the Life Skills for Children A-Z series but I think it’s so important, I’m going to hit it again. It’s pretty obvious to most that if we don’t get enough sleep we end up crabby and lack the va-va-voom necessary to function properly during the day.  […]

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The Parent Pledge

Take Time to Be a Parent Today! The Parent Pledge is the eBook world’s equivalent of a short story, which aims to make readers critically consider their role as a parent. It’s a motivator and call for all parents to wake up and take full responsibility for raising their children by being hands on in developing their everyday […]

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Teaching Kids Problem Solving Life Skills

One of the most important life skills you can teach your children as they wander the lonely road of life, is how to solve life’s little problems on their own. This baby is gonna be used and constantly evolved throughout their lives. It’ll help them figure out what they want or need in life, how […]

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Parenting Life Skills- Not Feeling Good Enough!

WARNING: Rant Alert! Do you feel as though you spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about whether you’re “getting it right” as a parent? I know I do. I look around enviably at the other parents at the school gate. They all seem to be totally relaxed and confident in their efforts; naturals for […]

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