7 reasons to book a baby-free weekend Featured Image By @ivyandthefox When you first have a baby, the responsibilities of caring for this fragile and inarticulate little person can be so overwhelming, you quickly lose sense of your own self. It doesn’t help that your closest relatives and loved ones all suddenly view you as…

Every family dreads the “witching hour” – it’s usually during the rush to leave the house in the morning or during dinner preparations…at least one child will go crazy, and then the other children fall into the craziness like dominos. Finally Mum and Dad are shouting to restore order while the clock keeps ticking, signaling…

The hazards of “encouraging” your child to eat Do an experiment. Serve a meal for your partner or an adult friend and then sit very close to them at the table and watch intently as they eat. Reach over and wipe their face if they smear food around their mouth. Every few minutes, critique their…

As much as we want our children to be happy, confident and productive, we tend to concentrate on intellectual milestones rather than emotional growth. Intellectual growth is easier to measure and compare – but research suggests that success in life and work relies more heavily on our emotional intelligence (EQ) rather than our intellectual intelligence…

We are all familiar with the three trimesters of pregnancy, and tend to travel through them in various stages of excitement, discomfort and anticipation for the arrival of our precious baby. What many people don’t realise – until they’re in it –  is that we also experience what is termed the ‘fourth trimester’. This covers…

Schoolyard politics can be intimidating – our children need all the social confidence they can muster when dealing with bullies, cliques and rapidly changing friendships. While home should be a safe retreat from all the politics of playground friendships, there are some steps you can take to build your child’s confidence at home so they…