The funny side of parenting

Dr Rosina talks about the funny side of parenting. What do you do when your child has splattered yoghurt all over your kitchen and it’s the last thing you need right now? Do you yell, laugh or cry? Find out what Dr Rosina did and how she learned many valuable parenting lessons from that messy life experience.

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Proactive versus Reactive Parenting

Proactive versus Reactive Parenting

How to decrease the ‘fires’ in your home -with Dr Rosina and Dr Robyn 

Episode 3

Welcome to episode 3 of our online parenting TV show. In this episode we explore how you can develop your parenting and grand parenting knowledge and skills to become a proactive rather than a reactive parent. Are you constantly flaring up and putting out fires in your home? What if you could anticipate the problems and help your children learn how to do the right thing so you can decrease the yelling? Just as fire services prepares our bush land and homes to prevent catastrophic bush fires, as a parent can prevent various crises with your children by being proactive and building strategies for kids. Before your child gets too overweight, makes bad choices, loses good friends or is bullied you can help your kids to develop and build life skills and problem solving skills. 

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Self-esteem: more about internal validation than external praise

Self-esteem: more about internal validation than external praise

Think back to your childhood. Were you introverted or extroverted? Were you confident or insecure? Were you a risk taker or risk adverse? Did you rely on others for praise or did you look inside or a combination of the two to work out your self-concept?

When I think back to my childhood, I was one of those children who was sometimes considered to be a bit 'annoying' by my teachers. Why? Because I was the noisy one in class! I loved learning so much that I wanted to participate in class and so I was always blurting out the answer or when I managed to restrain myself, I was begging to be picked because I knew the answers. I was an inquisitive student and unafraid of having a go, which meant that I didn’t leave much room for others to have turn! I did very well at school– proof that inquisitiveness, hard work and a love of learning do lead to academic success. With all of that, you’d think that I’d have a strong sense of self and good self-esteem. But unfortunately, that wasn't the case. It was only many years later that I realised that as a child, I lacked the life skills needed to empower myself.

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Helping Your Children Learn Healthy lifestyle habits

Helping Your Children Learn Healthy lifestyle habits

Today’s children are experiencing an alarming increase in the rate of obesity, type II diabetes and other health-related issues that can be avoided by introducing simple healthy lifestyle habits as early as possible. As Parents are busy they need healthy life style choices they can easily introduce into daily life. I’ve had a number of health-related questions and so here are some ideas I hope you find helpful: 

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Parenting: nurturing heart, mind and spirit

The two Drs… Dr Robyn and Dr Rosina bring their knowledge, grand/parenting experiences, humour and their hearts to inspire and empower parents to be their personal best in all aspects of family life. Each episode is filled with helpful advice and resources to help you bring more peace, joy and delight into parenting and grand parenting.

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Dr Joe Dispenza shares how to live a long, happy and healthy life for your kids and grandkids

Dr Joe Dispenza shares how to live a long, happy and healthy life for your kids and grandkids

Could there be anything more wonderful than to see your kids grow up and live their lives? 

Wouldn’t it be great to live a long, healthy and happy life so you could:

  • See your child finish school and go to university

  • Experience the career they pursue and see how they get on in life

  • Enjoy time with your grandchildren... and maybe even great grandchildren

oh that would be a wonderful life!

BUT, today so many people are ill with diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune problems and the list goes on. How can you stay healthy so you are here for the long term – so you can see your grand kids and great grandkids?

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Parenting tips on teaching kids about money: earning, saving, investing and donating

Parenting tips on teaching kids about money: earning, saving, investing and donating

I hope you enjoy my interview with the delightful Jean Harris from Launching Life Strategies. One of the key life skills kids can really benefit from is an age appropriate growing understanding money. Whether your child is a toddler demanding toys at the cash register or a tween needing the latest fashion or electronic gadget, you can really help them see that an endless amount of money isn’t available to them, and that money has to be earned and managed before it is spent.

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Teaching kids empathy, peaceful conflict resolution and resilience

Do your children constantly fight with you, each other and their friends? Do they scream and throw things around when they don’t get their way? Well, if you’d like more peace in your home, then watch this video about how you can help your children learn empathy and manage conflict peacefully.

I’ve been doing research for the last 6 months at the University of San Diego and I met Mrs Watson in her Social Entrepreneurs class. Mrs Watson is a mum of two and a postgraduate student at the University of San Diego who is completing a Masters degree in Peace and Justice. We got to talking and I learned about the wonderful ways she is supporting her children to learn how to navigate life peacefully and respectfully at home and school and I wanted to share them with all parents.

Mrs Watson talks about her vision for parenthood and how that led her to do some study in child development, children’s literacy and other courses to help her navigate the road of parenthood. Establishing a good community for your children to grow up in is a key to helping them learn how to get on well with others and manage the ever present change that happens in life. Mrs Watson shares the main principles peace and justice and how she how translates her learning into her home with her two young children.

Finally, you’ll learn the importance of helping children manage change. Everyday children need to deal with change. When kids can’t cope it can leave them anxious and stressed. In order to thrive children need to learn the skills and develop the personal qualities that will help them move easily through change and bounce back after difficulties.

You can help your child develop their Personal Power – self esteem, confidence and resilience with practical activities that only take 15 minutes at a time.

Developing good habits in your children

Dr Rosina interviews Mitzi Weinman on developing good habits and techniques help reduce stress that can result from procrastinating and rushing to get done things done -- whether homework, projects, etc. These are life skills and life skills are learned through teaching – at any age.

Mitzi speaks on a range of subjects including: Time & Productivity, Projecting an Organized Image, Building a Balanced Routine to Reduce Stress and Clutter; and so on and specializes in Motivational Speeches, Training Workshops, Keynote Addresses and Coaching.

Mitzi realized that the work that she does with managers, executives and entrepreneurs, transcends to students. The daily struggles that students and parents have with homework, school projects and over scheduling has led Mitzi to offer programs and coaching to students from elementary and up and parents. 

Mitzi offers:

Custom workshops (half-day)
Time-saver seminars (1-2 hours )
Individual consultations 
Motivational Speaking 

Many of Mitzi’s tips and techniques appear regularly in many publications and on TV, including Fox 25 News, Investor’s Business Daily, Boston Business Journal, American Way Magazine (American Airlines inflight magazine), Woman’s Day, Marie Claire, Redbook, Bj’s Journal, Mass High Tech and more. Mitzi also publishes her own E-Newsletter, OnTime.

Mitzi received for B.S. from Syracuse University from the Newhouse School of Public Communications and lives in Needham, MA with her husband, son and dog.

Specialties: For Students:

- Organizing: Homework & Studying, Calendar, School Papers, etc.
- Public Speaking & Presentation Skills
- Goal Development

For Managers, Executives, Entrepreneurs & Parents

- Going for your Goal!
- Delegating: An Art in Giving, Receiving & Leveraging Time
- Effective Meeting Management
- Escaping Your TimeTraps!
- From Perception to Reality -- Organize for Success!
- Blending & Balancing Your Professional & Personal Lives

Developing your child’s character: good behaviour, empathy and making positive choices

Every parent wants their child to be of good character. Character is all about how we act in life. We generally say a child is good natured or has “good character” if they behave in a way that is positive and make choices that improve the lives of others and the world.

It is important to know that character is not a fixed personality trait, instead your child’s character is developed like any other life skill. In this interview with Professor Edward DeRoche, Director of the Character Development Center at The University of San Diego, you’ll learn all about:

  • What character development is
  • Why character development is crucial for your child’s life success
  • How parents can help their children develop good character
  • Why it is important to educate your child about how to make good choices
  • How crucial it is to explain why poor choices lead to negative consequences
  • Using opportunities to help children develop empathy and care for others
  • Helping children think through their choices and their consequences especially choices they might make that could result in deadly consequences like taking drugs, alcohol and driving dangerously.

Professor De Roche talks about helping children to be honest, respectful and responsible by modelling good behaviour. Social skills are crucial to a child’s development and helping them get on in the world.

Watching age-appropriate TV shows with your children is a wonderful way to talk about many aspects of character development. For example, with teens, watching shows like  the Big Bang Theory, or even reruns of old programs like Friends gives parents the opportunity to  talk about integrity, good and bad choices, friendship, relationships, drugs and sexuality.

Your child is always developing their character based on what they see and experience at home, in the media, at school and out in the world. Listen to this important interview about how you can help your child develop good character, make good choices and have the best chance for life success.

Expert advice on raising healthy and happy babies: baby sleep and child development

This interview provides latest research on raising healthy and happy babies with expert advice for new parents and or professionals working with babies. You will learn:

  • The safest ways to put your baby to sleep whether you share a room or bed with your baby
  •  How to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Ways you can prevent baby flat head syndrome and avoid the need for a helmet to correct your baby’s misshaped flat head
  • How you can help your baby become a child who is patient and doesn’t demand instant attention
  • Ways to keep your baby calm and reduce their anxiety and stress.
  • The process for raising a child who is empathetic, caring and understanding of others as well as patient and can delay gratification
  • The many benefits for your child’s future if they can delay gratification and be patient including: reduced chance of obesity, grater ability to complete long term projects and less stress and anxiety.

Dr Wendy Middlemiss is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas and is an expert in the Essentials of Safe Infant Sleep.

Latest research on helping babies sleep safely and feed well

If you are a new parent or a professional working with babies, then this interview will help you understand the latest research on raising healthy and happy babies. You will learn:

  • What is ‘normal’ sleep for a baby
  • The many potential harms of using the controlled crying method
  • The best ways to help your baby to sleep
  • When to feed your baby:  understand the positive effects of feeding on demand and the negative effects of sticking to a rigid routine for feeding a baby.

Dr Wendy Middlemiss is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas and is an expert in the Essentials of Safe Infant Sleep.

Recognising and Overcoming Depression in Kids

Today children are experiencing unprecedented rates  of childhood anxiety and depression. Are you worried that you or your child might be depressed? In this 3 part video series, Dr Rosina interviews Dr Samantha Madhosingh, a clinical psychologist known as the emotional wellness doctor.

In Part 1: Recognising depression

You’ll learn about the many signs of depression so you can recognise them in your young child, teen or in adults. The signs are different for young children and teens, and the sooner you can seek help the better. Dr Madhosingh shares in her experience of depression in her teens of her own journey of recovering from depression in adulthood.



Part 2: The 5 Keys Toward Emotional Freedom

Key 1: Discover Purpose and Passion

Key 2: Dissolving Emotional Blockages

Key 3: Living Fearlessly

Part 3: The 5 Keys Toward Emotional Freedom

Key 4: Unshakable Self-Confidence

Key 5: Owning your Magnificence


Episode 8: Reading for pleasure and relaxation

Family life is so busy that we spend most days running around with no time to relax and play with our kids. Does this sound familiar? In this video, Dr Rosina shares a simple idea you can try, so you can make time to relax with your children. It only takes as little as 10-15 minutes... or longer if you like! Ten or fifteen minutes might not seem like much, and you might say “so why bother”, but actually, even taking just a little time out can bring so many benefits for the whole family right now and in the future. 

When you and your children relax together your stress levels go down, you’re calmer and there’s less chance you’ll get angry and snap at the kids. And who doesn’t want peace and quiet at home? Also, relaxing a little each day is good for your physical and mental wellbeing and it is great role modelling for your child which will make a huge difference in the long term. Good habits for a healthy life, start in childhood. There is every reason to take time out to relax with your child and create wonderful memories together. Please sit back, relax and watch the video

Does your child have good self esteem or low self esteem?

In this video Dr Rosina talks about Self Esteem. Self esteem is at the heart of living a happy and fulfilling life. When children feel good about themselves, they think and act in a positive way and they bounce back easily when they encounter life’s setbacks. Unfortunately, many children have low self esteem and this affects so many parts of their lives. A child with low self esteem is less likely to have the courage to make new friends or try new things for fear of rejection or failure. Also, when children feel bad about themselves, they are more likely to have negative thoughts and even misbehave. 

Do you know whether your child has good self esteem or low self esteem? This is not about what you think, but what your child thinks about themselves. In this episode of the Inspired Children TV Parenting Program, Dr Rosina shares some of the questions you can ask your child to help you know whether your child has good or low self esteem. In later episodes, there’ll be lots of information and activities to help your child boost their self esteem and help them fly through life!  

Episode 6: Helping your kids manage their time: calendars and routines

Life is busy and to stay on top of everything I find routines and calendars really help. Do your children forget their sporting gear, musical instruments or books for school? Do they leave their homework, school assignments and projects to the last minute? If so, perhaps it’s time to help them take more responsibility for their lives and manage their time more effectively by using a calendar or diary.

Using a calendar, electronic organiser or diary supports children to be on time for events and to manage everyday activities. These are valuable personal qualities for children to develop from a young age that will support them right through their school years, in higher education endeavours, and in time, be a highly valued quality in the workplace. Here’s how you can make the most of calendars and routines with your children whether they are young or older. 

Episode 5: The 15 minute clean up

Children will feel more positive and work more effectively in an orderly environment and so knowing how to keep their room and homework space clean and tidy is a valuable life skill for children to learn. Parents often think it will be quicker if “I just do it myself” – and you are right – but only in the short term! In the long run, once your children have

the ability to maintain order and cleanliness – you will have help and they will have an important skill for life! In this video Dr Rosina shares some ideas about how you can help your children to get things in order ‘little by little’, by employing short bursts of cleaning and tidying every day or two or three and it doesn’t take long at all. Make it fun and it will be an easy habit for your kids to develop!  

Episode 4: Teaching your children to conserve water in your home

Water is the basic building block for all life including humans, plants, insects and other animals on Earth, so without it we couldn’t exist. While over two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water, most of it, around 97 percent, is salt water held in the oceans and therefore only about 3 percent is freshwater. Of the freshwater, only about 1 percent is easily accessible, and the remaining 2 percent is stored in glaciers and icecaps. So as you can see, water is a valuable but scarce resource that needs to be conserved in order to support life. In this video Dr Rosina talks about the ways you can help your kids understand why it is important to conserve water for life and to protect the environment and teaches your children how to conserve water in your home. Less water wasted means more for the planet and less on your water bill. Win/Win! 

Help your kids develop a positive attitude towards making mistakes

Making mistakes is a natural part of life. Both children and adults alike will make mistakes particularly during the early stages of learning something new. Have you ever reflected upon how you react when you make a mistake? How does your child react when they make a mistake? Do they get angry or upset? Do they use negative self-talk saying things like ‘I am such an idiot, why I am so stupid’? Do they fear being ridiculed by others? OR Does your child see mistakes and errors in a positive light? In this video Dr Rosina explains how you can help your child to develop a positive attitude to making mistakes and see mistakes as feedback, which is a key part of learning.