Parenting Advice

Anxious Parent – Anxious Child?

Do the two things go together? Sometimes. Unfortunately anxiety or stress can be contagious. A 2019 study indicated that children of parents with anxiety or depression were significantly more likely to have it. Children are wired to pick up subtle signs of safety or danger from us. If we are […]

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How to Create a Growth Mindset in Your Child

“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” Carol Dweck. I delivered a talk recently to […]

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Parenting through challenging times…

I recently said to my 13 year old son, “I’m so sorry you had to watch me go through such a difficult breakup”. I was moved by his reply, “It’s ok, you’ve shown me that when difficult things happen it’s possible to overcome them”. His response is actually backed up […]

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Setting limits with compassion

When is it ok to set limits? The short answer is, when not doing so is likely to cause harm. Parenting can feel like a delicate balancing act, between being too loose and “anything goes” and keeping things tightly controlled like an angry general.  Sometimes one style can lead to […]

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When is picky eating a problem?

It is normal for toddlers to go through a phase where they are fussy about food. It often goes along with a healthy desire to assert their independence from us at around 18 and 24 months. If extremely selective or restricted eating carries on for an extended period of time […]

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