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How to handle sibling rivalry

Sibling rivalry is common and completely normal, but how do we stop it going too far? Dr Melanie Woodfield shares how calm consistency can be the key. Ah, the soundtrack of family life. At times, it’s easy listening and we quietly congratulate …

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Family Mission Statements - Why You Should Make One

Former OHbaby! Editor Ellie Gwilliam looks at how a family mission statement can encourage the team and motivate even the youngest players.  I have little quote books filled with the wisdom and wit of my three daughters. From the mouths of babes …

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Make your own family mission statement

It's less about rules and more about making a statement - a definition of who you are as a family and where you are going. A family mission statement is a helpful reminder, for both young and old members, of what family means to you all - the values …

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Ask yourself this before trying to defuse a tantrum

When your child’s emotions regularly boil over into tantrums, it’s a hard ask to keep your cool. Pippa Henderson offers no judgment, only suggestions, and reassurance that peace will return to your world.  My daughter, now nine, suffered from …

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Understanding your family temperament

Is your child easily distracted? Highly sensitive to noise, perhaps? Happy-go-lucky or prone to sulk? Research suggests temperament is innate and, as Miriam McCaleb explains, a wise parent observes their children’s differences and duly meets their …

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Two words to calm the storm

Crush disappointment and stress with these two words! "It's Okay!" Do you ever feel like your head is going to explode? Between work and cleaning house and meals and laundry and the car that needs to be fixed and the bills that need to be paid, …

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How To Create An Attitude of Gratitude In Children

Psychologist Dr Melanie Woodfield on how to foster an attitude of gratitude and encourage contentment in our children Gratitude. It’s a concept I was first introduced to as a teenager while watching Oprah. That influential woman suggested we all …

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Creative discipline when kids are messy

Try these creative discipline ideas when your children are messy. by Lisa Whelchel If you're looking for ways to get your kids to clean up after themselves, try these ideas: Here's a solution for a perpetually messy bedroom: Explain to your …

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five ways to teach kids kindness

We all want to raise our kids to be caring people who think of others. We can start this from an early age by showing them how to do little things that can grow into bigger things. This might be volunteering at the City Mission or at a local rest …

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