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Technology becomes most popular homework excuse

Work shy school children no longer rely on traditional excuses such as “the dog ate my homework”, preferring more modern variations including “my computer crashed”, Read more

Motivating Your Teenager.

Giving Your Child the X-Factor…..

effective communication with childrenWith the compulsive viewing of the X Factor back on our TV’s in the U.K. I thought I would share with you my tips for giving your child the “X Factor”.

1. To start the ball rolling, ask your teenager this simple question:

“ If money was no object and you could do whatever you wanted when you get older, what would it be?”  Read more

Parenting Teens – No.1 Mistake

What’s the number one mistake parents of teens make in terms of how they deal

how to improve communication skillswith their teenagers?

I recently answered some question for the msn site and while the shorter version made it the long expanded one did not so I thought I would share it here.

The number one mistake that parents make with their teenagers is not changing their parenting style with them.

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How do you naturally parent?

The Rhythms of Parenting

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the natural rhythm of parenting and how it is different for us all.

effective communication with childrenI believe we all have our parenting flow or rhythm, so to speak, and for each of us it will be unique. However, what I think happens is that modern life takes over and we seem to be in one rhythm constantly and that is overwhelm and stress. Read more

Parent Leadership

How well are you leading your Child?

how to improve communication skillsParent as Leader. Parent Leadership. What does it really mean? Do you think that as a parent you are also a leader and if so, how do you go about that?

I have always found the words Parent and Parenting to be very emotive. For me, they bring up a feeling of exhaustion, frustration and a feeling of being stuck. I’m not sure if this is only me but I have never found these words at all inspiring. Read more

Parenting Advice – Teens

What advice should parents of teens keep in mind during trying times?

Talking to Teens What is so important is not to forget your job as a parent at this time, which is to prepare them for life and help them to become a responsible member of society. Read more

What to do if your child is caught cheating.

Cheating at School

what to do if your child cheatsWhy are we so surprised when children cheat? Did we not all do it; if there is a quicker way to do something won’t we all give it a go? It is human nature to find a quicker way of doing something that uses less energy but gets the same results. Back in our cave days it made lots of sense for us to do this. However morally, it leaves us with an issue as parents. How do we get the point across about teaching without putting our children off trying things in a quicker more efficient way? Read more

The age of the Grandparent

Come in Granny your time has come!

family communicationResearch reveals how we’ve entered the new age of the grandparent, as their relationship to the younger generation is at an all-time high.  Read more

Teens bring out the worst in you

Parenting brings up your stuff

Parenting teensIt was so funny the other day as I experienced the stark reality of most people’s view of young people. One of my pals, known her for ages, put out an innocent request on Facebook asking for parents of teens to get in touch because she wanted to discuss something. What she got back was amazing; most were wishing her the best, telling her how awful things were and it would get better, others giving her masses of advice on boundaries, etc. and I think there was even a few lock ‘em up ’til they’re 21 type of comments….I simply asked what was up and lets chat.  Read more

What is a family talking moment?

Family CommunicationHere are Fink we talk a lot about what we call Talking Moments. But what exactly is a talking moment?

Talking moments are simply snippets of time in your day where you have an honest, open conversation with your children. A conversation that really has no purpose, is not aimed at getting them to do something, but instead is aimed at deepening your understanding of your child and your relationship with them. Read more

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