Toddler on a time out stool in corner

Bad Behaviour: Is it Time Up for Time-Out?

Time-outs. Do you use this behaviour tool with your children? Have you ever? Does it work? Perhaps you have a naughty step or a thinking chair, perhaps you have a calm-down corner or a comfort space; there may be a million ways to refer to time-out just as there are a million variations of how to actually do it - undeniably, it has become a common technique for managing difficult childhood behaviour. But, what if I told you that psychologists now believed that frequent time-outs were just as harmful to our children as spanking; would you still send your children to the naughty step then? And what should you do to instil discipline instead?

The Fairytale Mum Brothers Cuddling

Chapter 6: Connections

At some point, the husband and I decided that we wanted to ride the parenting roller-coaster together. We had been that couple, watching that child in the supermarket, discussing how our child would never, ever, ever behave like that child. It was simple - it all came down to good 'parenting'... And then our child did indeed become that child and we became those parents. Sound familiar?...

PND vs The Terrible Twos: A Post For Survivors of Either

It wasn't until Little O's 10 month check, that I got diagnosed with anxiety and post natal depression. I'd been so focused on whether Little O could get a flippin' cheerio out of a plastic bottle or not, that I hadn't expected the health visitor to turn around and ask, "How are you coping?" The floodgates opened in dramatic fashion, a torrent of tears, soaking through a tonne of tissues, eyes swollen and bloodshot, not a pretty sight. Since then, (Little O is now 2) there have been the usual ups and downs of parenting. But every so often I get glimpse at what it's like to return to that dark, depressive state...