5 character traits that will serve your child well (but are annoying right now)

As parents, we all want to raise confident, happy kids who are resilient and driven. We'd love them to be compassionate and kind, and to follow a career path that leads them onto a successful life, whatever that may be.

So, even though we know the very traits that will make them reach these heights in the future are fantastic to possess, they're not always easy to parent. Here are some of the big ones that have us hovering on the edge of a mental breakdown.

Read more at Essential Kids : http://www.essentialkids.com.au/development-advice/behaviour-discipline/5-character-traits-that-will-serve-your-child-well--but-are-annoying-right-now-20170706-gx5rqz




The parenting lesson it took me a decade to learn - don't get smug!

Here's my final column on Essential Kids for 2014.

As the year comes to a close, I reflect on what I've learnt not just this year but over the last decade of parenting. What stands out most is the simple fact nothing is forever. No phase lasts - good or bad. With that in mind, my lesson is about being smug. It's a tricky one - smug versus proud. Read on as I muddle my way through explaining it: 


Merry Christmas and a sensational New Year to all my readers, friends and family!