Parenting, as every sleep-deprived one of us can attest, is hard work. Wonderful, rewarding, meaningful and difficult. “Each stage has it’s challenge, from managing a toddler’s tantrums to keeping teens safe from the harms of drugs, alcohol and fast catsRead More
If it’s happened once, it’s happened a thousand times. You call out to your child for dinner, ask her to get undressed for the bath or tell him to come inside from the back yard, and it’s as if your requests evaporate into thin air. Or you check in to see how homework is coming along, only to see that he hasn’t even gotten started. Frustrating? Incredibly. Uncommon? Certainly not.Read More
Interview audio courtesy of 2GB
We've all heard of the terms "mummy's boy" and "daddy's girl" and usually it comes with negative connotations. Well not anymore!
A new UK study by the Marriage Foundation (August 2018) reveals that children who are close to their parents have better mental health outcomes and stronger social skills.
In this short audio clip Ben Fordham, radio host on 2GB interviews parenting expert, Dr Rosina McAlpine, CEO of Win Win Parenting.
You'll learn why having a close relationship with your kids is important and tips for how to achieve it!
Parents and teachers often wonder if they have a ‘gifted child’. That’s understandable as every parent sees their child as special, teachers want the best for their students and all children are amazing in their own way … right?
Did you know that there are many different areas of giftedness and it’s not just academic – giftedness can be across many fields including art, music and dance. And to make things even more complex, there are various ‘levels of giftedness’ from mildly or moderately gifted right up to exceptionally and profoundly gifted.Read More
Navigating the teen years can be wonderful and it can also be challenging at times. As a parent you want your teen to succeed in life and one way to do that is to help them set clear goals, work out the action steps then support them to complete the tasks until success is achieved.
In this interview with the lovely Jennifer Matthews from Parenting Ambitious Teens, Dr Rosina, parenting expert, talks about the Win Win Parenting way to raising children and helping them to become happy, healthy and capable adults.
Jen has summarised the key points from the interview and provided you with some links to resources too - so have a look at the page!
You can also enjoy interviews with other teen experts on Jen's podcast series at http://parentingambitiousteens.com/
In this video Dr Rosina talks about her personal experiences growing up and the effect on self esteem and confidence parents can have in their child's lives.
Dr. Rosina thought Leader for the international consciousness movement Parenting 2.0 and author of Inspired Children, presenting at the P2.0 Talks. P2.0 Talks was the first conference in history to gather educators from multiple professional fields and continents and recognize Life Skills as distinct, critical skill sets teachable by third party educators.
Many parents are worried about how much time their children spend on screens.
Do you know how many hours per day or hours per week your kids spend on technology?
You can use this spreadsheet to calculate screen time use for your whole family.
Once you know the total hours of screen time use for each child you can compare it to the recommended government guidelines for safe technology use.
Mental health issues with our teens is on the rise. The World Health Organisation estimates that 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders worldwide. Anxiety and depression are mental health disorders that can have a detrimental effect on the quality of young people’s lives, and left unchecked, they can in some cases even lead to suicide. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people.Read More
Can parents really have it all? Me time, family time, work time and time for …
More and more parents want to pursue a great career and enjoy a loving a fun family life. BUT for many mums and dads this is challenging and they feel like they have to sacrifice something to make it all work. Often it is “me” time that goes first, then the career and time with the kids so that work and day-to-day family activities like cooking, after school activities, homework just gets done!Read More
Have you delighted in how eager your pre-schooler is to embrace every aspect of life? Have you experienced their never ending chatter, asking questions, getting messy, tasting, squishing, touching and enjoying everything that crosses their path?
You might be aware that young children can develop their thinking, their language, imagination, speaking and listening skills through creative play. Have you marveled at how skilfully your child’s preschool teachers involve the children in their care in creative play? We know preschool can be a wonderful experience which helps our little ones for communicate and interact with others and of course enhances their learning.Read More
Has your pre-schooler started asking questions like “Where did I come from”? “How did I get in your tummy?” “How did I get out of your tummy mummy”? Or “Why do girls have a vagina and boys have a penis”?
And perhaps you’ve you found your children touching their private parts or even showing them to their friends and you’ve been unsure of how to handle it.
Each of these situations can cause a great deal of stress for parents who don’t feel confident or even know where to begin to answer their young child’s questions about sex and sexuality. Now you know that saying “that’s a good question, ask your father”, or “I don’t know, ask you mother” is just going to get you into trouble!Read More
Why your Teenager seems erratic, emotionally Unstable, Unresponsive, Disrespectful or even Reckless.
Are you raising one or more teenagers, and are they argumentative, volatile and even down right disrespectful? Are you wondering who took your sweet child away and delivered a teenager who’s mood can go from ambivalence to rage in a split second over the simplest of comments or questions?Read More
Do you have more than one child? Do you have two, three or more children?
Do you find that you simply don’t have enough time for each child, for your partner and especially no time to yourself?
Raising a family of with children of different ages, personalities, needs and then add to the mix, taking care of the home and maybe even working in or on a business can make it a huge challenge.Read More
Do you struggle to get your children off the internet? Is there a daily fight?
Accessing the world through the internet is common for most families today. Even very young children enjoy games and you tube videos and can get VERY upset when asked to stop! Older children also enjoy games as well as connecting with others through social media. BUT…are you worried that your children are accessing harmful and inappropriate content or meeting up with predators online? Are you worried they are spending too much time on the internet?
With most children on the internet and so much harmful content out there that they shouldn’t be exposed like pornography and graphic violence it’s crucial to protect them. BUT you can’t be watching your kids 24/7 so what can you do?Read More
Do you or your partner speak more than one language at home? Would you like to raise your child to be multilingual but you’re worried that they might:
- Fall behind in language development?
- Not do as well at school?
- Get confused between the languages?
- Not want to learn one or more languages?
Do you find it hard to talk to your children about sex? Are you embarrassed, confused not really knowing what or how to even start the discussion? As parents we all realise our children need to know about sex and understand their sexuality, but it isn’t an easy conversation – so we often deflect it or avoid it all together. BUT, if you don’t talk to your children about sex, they’ll get their information from someone or somewhere else – and that’s a highly risky strategy because you don’t know what they learn about sex and how it will shape their beliefs and attitudes towards sex –and of course ultimately their sexual experiences in the world.Read More
Do you find it hard to get your children off the iPad or computer? Are your children exhibiting disturbing behaviours like out-of-control crying and screaming for screen time? Do you need HELP? Well, you’re not alone. Technology addiction is now considered a psychological disorder and a growing number of children are experiencing the many harms of too much technology.Read More
Persistent or extreme childhood and adult mental illnesses and other behavioural disorders are often treated with medications. However, many parents are concerned about the side effects and the negative impact on their children in the long term. I recently came across the work of Professor Julia Rucklidge from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand who is a clinical psychologist and researcher who has been working for over a decade on the positive impact that nutrition can have on decreasing and preventing mental illness in children.
After watching her TEDx talk is entitled: “The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health”, I wanted to know more about her research and share it with my Win Win Parenting community.Read More
In today’s fast-paced busy life everyone needs a break – parents, teachers and even the kids!
- Stressed-out parents need simple tools to help their kids wind down at the end of the day and relax before bed, and
- Our wonderful school teachers and pre-school teachers need something to help calm kids in the classroom.
- Our beautiful children have to navigate all of the ups and downs in life and being able to manage stress, relax and wind down are important tools for life success.
Have you experienced bullying as a child or an adult? Is your child being bullied and you feel helpless? Bullying can have detrimental physical and psychological effects on a child and can result in isolation, depression and even suicide. There is a lot that can be done to overcome and to prevent bullying and today’s show is all about practical solutions that work for you and your child.Read More