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Getting to “Sorry”

Many years ago, friends of mine were adjusting to having their second baby at home.  They were distressed that their older child seemed to delight in hurting their newest family member.  They asked her why she kept hitting/pushing/pinching her sister.  Her … Continue reading

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Teaching Mindfulness to Kids: Resources to Get You Started

Imagine if you could create some space between your child and the thoughts and feelings that rush through him/her like an endless stream.  Imagine what it would be like if your child could pay attention on purpose, without judgement, just to … Continue reading

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Making a mess and finding a way back – A reflection on parenting

There’s this moment where I’m standing in Hiccup’s* classroom and a part of me suddenly wakes up and says “Tiff, you’ve got to go”. Something’s gone wrong. Something’s going wrong. It’s been a long, hard morning, a battle of wills, … Continue reading

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Do You Walk the Walk?

A recent New York Times article “Raising a Moral Child” by Adam Grant went viral last month.  In it, he summarised a 1980 study on altruism development in children: “Psychologist J. Philippe Rushton gave 140 elementary- and middle-school-age children tokens … Continue reading

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Through the Eyes of Someone Else… Taking Perspective on Parenting

Are you sitting comfortably? I’m not sure how this experience is going to be for you – possibly entirely pleasant, or maybe a little uncomfortable – are you willing to come with me for the ride?  When you’ve finished reading … Continue reading

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“Kids on Speed” – Why they didn’t include Diet; and Why I Wouldn’t Rule it Out

Have you been watching the ABC’s three-part series “Kids on Speed” (Thursdays, 8.30pm)? It details a 9-week intervention for four families with children who are suspected of having ADHD.  When the ABC does Reality TV, their point of difference from … Continue reading

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Parenting by the Seat of Our Pants

That’s what today’s felt like – parenting by the seat of my pants.  People comment sometimes that what with being a clin psych with a wealth of training and experience with development, parenting, and families, that being a parent must … Continue reading

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So what about smacking, then, hey?!

Admittedly, this is a rather contentious topic. A family member emailed me recently following a conversation she’d had, and it prompted me to write this post. In the line of work I’m in (working with families, often with young children), … Continue reading

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