We have five children whose ages range from 23 down to 9 years old. In any one day we’re building dens, steering through the teenage conundrums, catching up with our Uni students and waving them variously off abroad to new adventures (one currently working in China for a few months)
As a parenting consultant (encourager), I'm constantly impressed by parents who want to learn, grow and be the best they can be, even when the days are tough. I hope my blogs encourage you too.


26 Feb 2019

Anger is a normal emotion. It's ok!

What we do with our anger isn't always ok.

Does your child ever have outbursts? Do they simmer? hold anger? Or tip it all over everyone?

As parents we are well intentioned - always looking for the best way forward for our c...

8 Jan 2019

Happy New Year!

No matter what your new year hopes, dreams or aspirations are (even if you haven't articulated them you've probably got some hopes), there's one thing that is lurking, ready to undermine anything we might be trying to achieve and it comes fr...

2 Oct 2018

"Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever."  Keri Russell, Actress

Kids love to have a bit of control. As a child, or a tween or a teen, they need to feel like there's some wiggle room in their life.  We on the other hand are...

24 Sep 2018

Comfort is the Enemy of Progress

                                                            Phineus Barnum, Showman...

3 Jul 2018

Empowered not Overpowering

I was chatting with a dad the other day who shared his concerns about how differently he and his wife parent their three year old daughter.

He works long hours and when he comes home he lets his daughter get away with things that a...

12 Jun 2018

How to avoid the tug of war!

I'm certainly not averse to to a little caution - especially if the children are wielding a knife, or heading for a road, so words like 'Don't and No' aren't forbidden vocabulary in our home. However, there are alternatives that...

12 Jun 2018

Well, it's been a while....I've had my

brain deeply engaged in the last edits and final details of the book and  every second has been absorbed with getting it off to the publisher....and now it's gone!!!

If I didn't have children it would have been fin...

26 Feb 2018

Are you a good listener?

We live in busy times and can feel as though we’re expected to accomplish a great deal in one day, or even one hour. If we’re not multitasking, we can think we’re failing.

You can be having a bath, listening to an instructional Vlog,...

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