Parenting Tips – Parenting With Consequences

March 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Posted in parenting | 2 Comments
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Parenting can be an exhausting task, especially if children and teenagers don’t easily follow the lead. Where in the past, parents used physical punishment as a way to get their kids in line, we nowadays use different ways to discipline them.

Can you be consquent as a parent?

Difference between consequences and punishment

Consequences will encourage the desired behavior where punishment accentuates what the child has done wrong. The emphasis is really different and it is important to communicate to the child what it is you do want as opposed to what you don’t want them to do. One other significant aspect is that consequences aim to keep lines of communication open where in punishment we often observe parents ignoring their children as part of the punishment.

Different consequences

There are a few different types of consequences: Continue Reading Parenting Tips – Parenting With Consequences…

Depression – Is My Child Depressed?

March 17, 2011 at 7:52 am | Posted in grief/loss, health, self development/motivation | Leave a comment
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This might come as a surprise to some of you but children can experience depression as well as adolescents and adults. For some children it is not ‘just a phase they are going through’ and these parents need to know what to look for.

Is my Child depressed?


It is interesting to note that there wasn’t even an official diagnosis for childhood depression until 1980, even though there was significant research into depression in children in the 1950s. A young pediatrician called Leon Cytryn was researching the frequency of sadness and withdrawal he observed in boys admitted to hospital for surgery. He discovered that almost half of them had symptoms, which would have been associated with adult depression.

Sadness versus depression

To clarify here it is important to note that sadness can be a healthy and normal response when the child is upset, for example when their grandfather has just died or their pet has run away. If this sadness however is observed as a continuous state in the child’s day-to-day experience then we need to look at the potential for childhood depression.

Seeing the signs Continue Reading Depression – Is My Child Depressed?…

Amazing Energy!

March 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Posted in communication, inspiration/humour | Leave a comment
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I’m just amazed at the amount of energy and positivity comes out of a group of people working towards a joint outcome. I wish this would happen more often in the world…

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