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The Art of Compassionate Communication

How we communicate with our children shapes the relationship we have with them… …it also influences their behaviour and approach to communication through out life. Learning kind and effective communication early on allows it to become part of your child’s character. It has benefits throughout life, potentially helping them in […]

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How to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children

What is Emotional Intelligence and Why Does it Matter? Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to be aware of and communicate our own emotions in addition to having an awareness of and sensitivity to the feelings of others. Humans are by nature social creatures and our success as a species […]

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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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