Parenting Advice for the Modern Parent – Introducing ParentTV

We all enter parenthood without a manual, and no matter how many parenting books we read while expecting, nothing truly prepares us for the onslaught of real life parenting once our little ones arrive. Most of us can admit to having had preconceived notions on what kind of parents we will be before we have kids – how our kids will behave, what food we’ll feed them, how much screen time they will be allowed, whether we will breastfeed or bottle feed, co-sleep or sleep train…and yet it’s only when we are in the thick of real life parenting that we realise how unrealistic our ideas of parenting really were.

I can still clearly remember an evening when my husband and I, newly engaged and yet to have kids, were having dinner out in a restaurant with some friends who had a 2.5 year old – their little one couldn’t sit still, was noisy, clambering on and off his seat and under the table in between bites of food. I remember thinking that I would never allow MY future child to do that and scoffed silently when the dad said “ah he’s such a boy” and that he didn’t believe in raising his voice to children. Looking back, I can now see that this little one was in fact being extremely well behaved for a boy of his age and that his parents were doing an amazing job taking him out with them, staying calm and collected throughout the entire meal.Continue Reading →

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Parenting an Anxious Child: What You Should Know

Parenting An Anxious Child

Do you have a child who is anxious? The lovely Alexandra Newmarch, Psychologist from Phoenix Place Play Therapy & Counselling shares her thoughts on parenting an anxious child and just how to recognise anxiety in kids.

True fact: parenting an anxious child is not easy.  I remember the mother of one of my little therapy clients exclaiming to me once, “It’s non-stop!  I know she’s not doing it on purpose, but I’m so tired of trying to be sympathetic.  I wish she’d just grow out of it.”

She was right – it is non-stop.  It is tiring.  And because anxiety often manifests differently in young children than it does in older children and adults, it can sometimes be hard to know if that’s even what’s going on!  So how do you know, and if you do have an anxious little person, what can you do to help them?Continue Reading →

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