Parenting Matters

We appreciate the very important role that parents play in their children’s education. Read our FREE articles on matters of interest to those who wish their children to grow up to be confident, generous and active citizens.

  • Establishing a Culture of Giving in your Family

    Establishing a Culture of Giving in your Family

    All parents have dreams and aspirations for their children. For some parents, it may be particularly important that their children grow up to become caring, generous adults with the deeply-ingrained philanthropic values of generosity, honesty, integrity, kindness, compassion, community, love, and gratitude.

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  • Encouraging generosity in your child

    Encouraging generosity in your child

    Children take most of their cues from their parents. When they consistently see you being generous, they will instinctively want to copy your behaviour. Explain your own more munificent decisions aloud: 'I got two of the same CD's for my birthday. I could take one back to the shop and exchange it for a different one, but I know my friend likes this band, so I think I'll give it to her."

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  • Emotional literacy

    Emotional literacy

    There are five main aspects of emotional intelligence which, when developed, lead to children becoming emotionally literate. These are identified by Daniel Goleman in his book 'Emotional Intelligence'.

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  • Raising a family is a funny business

    Raising a family is a funny business

    Children characteristically laugh, play creatively and act silly. As we grow older we tend to forget these skills, but as a parent you have the opportunity to re-visit these three basic rudiments of a joyful life. In so doing you will feel healthier, and create more happy memories to look back on.

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  • Sibling Rivalry

    Sibling Rivalry

    If you hear your eldest child belittling their sibling's achievements, making comments like: 'Anyone could do that!', or 'You're such a know-all' or 'You think you're better than everyone else.' You'll know that they feel that they are losing their position of 'top dog'.

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  • Helping children overcome their fears

    Helping children overcome their fears

    At around the age of three most children enter into a magical time where the world of make-believe is the order of the day. Imagination and creativity spring to life. Playtime becomes a setting where wonderful dreams and desires are acted out as children learn how to pretend. A few props can transport them to a magic castle or an enchanted forest.

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  • Introducing your child to money

    Introducing your child to money

    Teaching your children to become savers and investors will enable them to keep more of the money they earn, and do more with the money they spend, in future years. It is a good idea to introduce your children to money as soon as they can count. Help them to discern the difference between needs, wants, and wishes.

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  • Helping your children develop good study habits

    Helping your children develop good study habits

    Possibilities include the child's room or the kitchen or dining room table. Eliminate as much distraction as possible. Most children's desks aren't big enough to spread out materials. A table with enough space for all their equipment works better.

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  • Bullying

    Bullying

    Many parents worry about bullying during their child’s years at school. In any situation where a group of people are expected to spend long periods of time in each other’s company, it is inevitable that they won’t always get along.

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  • Helping children build good relationships with their peers

    Helping children build good relationships with their peers

    One of the most important aspects of school-life for children is developing friendships and positive relationships with their peers. Like adults, children cannot be expected to be friends with everyone they have to work with but are likely to feel much happier at school if they can develop some strong, lasting friendships and are able to cooperate with their peer group.

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  • Helping with Homework

    Helping with Homework

    When children have spent a long day in school most simply want to play when they get home and while it is absolutely essential for them to do this, time for homework is important too.

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