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I have lost count of the number of times I get a life saving tip from Parent Support Hub. The article on principle based parenting has been such a huge wake-up call for me as a mother. Thank you so much for helping me get back on track.

Jean Lansdown
Jean LansdownMother of 2 ‘Cutey Pie’ girls

Being a guy from the military I have been used to hierarchy and a command and control structure. When it came to parenting, it took me years before realizing that such an approach doesn’t work long term. When my boys turned 4 and 8 years old it seemed like a switch was flipped and I went from having two obedient boys to two aggressive fighting bulldogs ready to chew my head off.

After taking your course, I realized that my way of loving them was just pushing them further and further away. It was a hard pill to swallow. But with some guidance, encouragement and some time, we are not back to being a tight family unit again. Thank you!

Rick EastonFather of 2 ‘Bulldog’ sons

Your stupidly named super hacks actually worked! I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t tried it myself. There is now no more shouting in our house and getting Cindy ready in the morning is as easy as 1-2-3. You guys are awesome!

Susie BairdMother of Cindy, 4 year old

Letting go of control for every minute of Jason’s life felt like the worse possible torture for a mother. The first week was hell, the second week, tempers were at an all time high. Then it got better from the third week onwards. It’s now 4 months down the track and we can’t believe how far we have come as a family. Thank you for the insightful articles and the coaching session, it was invaluable for us.

Sonya Dean
Sonya DeanMother of 5 year old Jason ‘The Gifted ADD Kid’

I just wanted to quickly drop you guys an email to say thank you for providing all the resources, inspiration, and practical advice on principle based parenting. One particular technique which has saved me more times than I dare to count is the idea of ‘previewing the day’. I make it a point to always tell my son “the plan”. Just wanted you to know that the information you provide here changes lives…at least mine anyways.

Cheryl MackaySingle mum of Sean, 7 year old

Such great info, thank you! Parental leadership wasn’t even an idea that I had heard about until you guys did a blog post. It definitely does not come naturally for me so I have to remind myself of your advice daily. I am thankful for your website and everything you do. When are you guys launching a podcast so I can take you along to listen during my trips to the shops?

Cindy SharpMother of 3 kids from 2 marriages

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Parenting Tool TEN-

I taught a babysitting course to grade six students this spring. There were three very important rules we went over at the beginning of each class which had to do with basic child safety. The fourth most important thing I taught the soon-to-be-babysitters is how to interact with the kids. I taught them how to use games to encourage kids to do what they need to do. I use this technique myself with great success, especially with my younger children. Turn rules that need to be followed and tasks that need to get done into a game and everyone is happier!

What Kind of Lifestyle Am I Modeling To My Children?

When my children are “grown up” as adults, I hope they are wise beyond their years, successful in every endeavor, and a leader in their community. I hope they are kind to others, joyful always, overflowing with compassion, and generous to all. I hope they find the love of their life and the passions of their heart, and never stop pursuing them. I hope they stand up for the weak, encourage the strong, and make ethical decisions. I hope my children are glowing with health physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Tips for Communicating With Your Nanny

Whether you employ a live-in au pair, in-home nanny, babysitter, or daycare provider, you should be talking with your child’s caregiver on a regular basis. It may feel awkward having an employer-employee relationship in your home surrounding your precious children. But, communication will prevent so many future nuances and resolve any previous ones. Take the phrase, “It’s only awkward if you make it awkward,” and begin talking with your nanny today. From my experience as a nanny, here are the best tips for discussions that you should be having on a regular (weekly) basis! (*Note: I will use the term “nanny” and “she” for simplicity, but it can be interchanged with any childcare provider, babysitter, au pair, etc.! To best help you apply these principles, I suggest you insert your childcare provider’s name directly into the questions below!)

Parenting Tool EIGHT-

Along with keeping your explanations short and sweet, it is also important to choose small words for small people i.e talk to their vocabulary. Which of the following is easier to understand? • Ornithological species of identical plumage tend to congregate in closer proximity • Birds of a feather flock together

Should I Apologize To My Kids?

Forgiveness is more than sayin' sorry. One of my husband's favorite movies is Just Friends. The main character's crazy girlfriend is famous pop star with a terrible voice. Although her music wouldn't be a hit today, there is some truth to her catchy lyrics: “Forgiveness is more than sayin' sorry.” Asking for forgiveness and apologizing is an art form. By definition, an apology acknowledges that the person was involved in a previous act that violated a social norm and was considered offensive. Usually words of repentance are included in the apology, like “I'm sorry,” “I regret,” “excuse me,” “pardon me,” or “forgive me.”

Parenting Tool SEVEN-

Just like the title, I promise to keep this one short and sweet. How often have you given a long-winded explanation to your child only to find out they only heard the first five words you said? I use this rule at home, your Childs attention span is seconds for each year of their life. A 2 years old therefore has an attention span of 2s, 3 year old 3s and so on. Once you realize that you have such a limited window of attention it is no surprise when your children react the way they do to your requests right?

The Science Behind Spanking

Spanking is commonly known as an “an open-handed hit on the bottom or extremities.” Most of the time spanking is used to reduce undesirable behaviors by associating that behavior with the physical consequence of discomfort or pain (but not physical injury). According to a study by UNICEF in 2014 nearly 80% of parents around the world spank their children. But what does research have to say about spanking?

Parenting Tool SIX-

Minding Your Negatives We’re going to be talking about pink elephants, colourful zebras, and wet towels. You’ll want to get your imagination ready as we discover the power of negative words. Elephants and Zebras If I told you to not think about a pink elephant, I bet you that you would have a hard time not thinking about a pink elephant. A pink elephant would immediately pop into your mind. However, if I told you to go ahead and think about an orange and purple striped zebra, your mind would immediately provide you with an image of a very colourful zebra.

Do You Have Mumnesia?

80% of women say that they experience symptoms of “mumnesia,” often characterized by forgetfulness, attention deficit, and an impairment in spatial memory (remembering where things are located). Maybe you've heard of it called “preg head” or “pregnancy” or “baby brain.” Take this short quiz and guess whether these examples are facts or myths. (Or, recall if you experienced these symptoms during your pregnancy!)