School Age (5-8 years)

Children and Depression, Anxiety in Children and Perfectionism

I am a recovering perfectionist. As such, I have a lot of experience with anxiety, depression and other issues that perfectionism can trigger. My love for my beautiful daughter has pushed me to get to an even healthier place of healing from perfectionism. What I don’t heal, she picks up on and adopts as her way of dealing with the world. Seeing her become perfectionistic and hard on herself has been a powerful motivator for me to change. Impossible Goal Parents who […]

Why Are Manners Important In Life

Why Are Manners Important In Life? There’s only one thing my son does that bugs me and that’s coughing without putting his hand over his mouth, which he often does over our dinner. We’re tackling this problem at the moment! As soon as he was old enough to understand us and could talk we taught him to say ‘please’ nicely if he wanted something and ‘thank you’ if he was given something. We also get him to say excuse me or pardon […]

How To Get A Child To Eat When They Refuse

Getting kids to eat shouldn’t be a problem.  But getting kids to eat and behave in a civilized manner at the dinner table is an altogether bigger issue.  All too often mealtime can become a battlefield when you have little kids.  Like many other areas of daily life, getting a child to eat is an activity where young children begin to exercise their desire for independence.  It doesn’t take long for them to figure out that you can’t make them eat.  And […]