Parenting memes

Children Learn To Trust Themselves When Adults Trust Children

‘When I grow up, I will need to make decisions for myself, and to do this I will need to trust myself, to ‘give it a go’, or to ask for help. I must prepare myself for the possibility that I might make mistakes, and to know that I can learn from them. This will help me develop resilience and self-worth. When my parents show trust in me, I experience care and regard in a relationship of respect.

Peace Begins In The Home

This is one reason why I think using peaceful, no-lose conflict resolution skills with our children is important (and avoiding rewards and punishment). Read more: Teaching Children Skills To Peacefully Resolve Conflict

Children Are Not Responsible For The Way We Feel

I think this is one of the hardest realisations as parents - that we are responsible for how we feel. For further reading, Avoiding the Phrase 'Makes Me' and What to Say Instead

Helping Children Move To Changing Behavior Through Problem Solving

I hope to see my children change their behaviour because they are considering others (and themselves), rather than simply complying.

Valuing Time With Our Children


Remembering to value the time we get to spend with our children.Today.

For a poignant reflection on the journey of being the mother of a young adult son: When My Baby Grows a Beard.

Siblings - Friends For Life

When siblings learn to resolve their own disagreements peacefully, they are learning learning about respect in relationships.

When we do, children learn.

Using respectful communication skills with our children will model the skills, and help our relationship.

Respectful Communication Empowers Children

So often we underestimate our child. Respectful communication can help our children discover their full potential. (For a summary of respectful communication skills, please see:

Children Don't Misbehave

Children don't misbehave. Instead, they behave to meet a need. Problems happen when their need conflicts with ours (Thomas Gordon, Parent Effectiveness Training, P.E.T.). Perhaps the first step we could take is to respond to the underlying need, rather than react to the surface behaviour. To share this meme on Facebook: