coaching, goal-setting, homework, teens, Uncategorized, Working with teens

Your teen and you: Developing mutual respect.


I’m currently working with several young adults aged between 13 and 16. I call them young adults because they change rapidly before our eyes into just that, and we have to accept that they might want more independence, crave more privacy, and like to be shown a high level of respect, while perhaps highly critical… Continue reading Your teen and you: Developing mutual respect.

homework, learning and remembering, Uncategorized

Tips for successfully helping children develop the homework habit.


Help your child develop the homework habit Time spent together is precious. As well as homework time to practise skills they are learning in school, children need time to play, read,  chat with you and with their friends, help out in the house, and have free, unstructured  time to explore and enjoy their world. Homework… Continue reading Tips for successfully helping children develop the homework habit.

coaching, homework, reading and writing skills, Uncategorized

What if your child can’t read or write well….is that it?


A few weeks ago I met a young man in his twenties who in the course of our conversation disclosed what exactly his mother had done to help him at home  when he was young and having great difficulty learning to read and write. What she did gave him the opportunity to fulfill more of… Continue reading What if your child can’t read or write well….is that it?

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Positive Discipline part 3: First steps in seizing control respectfully


Positive Discipline: How to stay respectful and seize control. An important strength of positive discipline is that you can respond quickly and assertively and with confidence when your child behaves badly. Before the positive discipline approach you may have reacted emotionally when your child wasn’t cooperating with you, or refusing to work with you, and… Continue reading Positive Discipline part 3: First steps in seizing control respectfully

coaching, homework, reading and writing skills, Uncategorized

Reading – how to help your child read well and with pleasure


Check out this blog by a mother of 9 titled  'raising children is not a default chore is inspiring. As parents living in a society with many pressures brought to bear on us to be so much more than good parents, we need all the inspiration we can gather to stay focused on remembering what… Continue reading Reading – how to help your child read well and with pleasure

homework, Uncategorized

How to help your child with their homework: New Habits take time.


Persistence is key to helping your child develop the homework habit. “Even ordinary effort over time yields extraordinary results” (Keith Ellis, p. 74). The buck stops at you. In my experience it is also often the adult, the family coach (you) who forgets, doesn’t feel like it, is too tired, too busy, has a crisis… Continue reading How to help your child with their homework: New Habits take time.

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Emotions are useful: How to learn and remember


Emotions help your child learn and remember faster.   When our brain becomes emotionally involved as we learn, it is stimulated to make more patterns, which help us to learn and remember more easily and faster. Joe Dispenza wrote an article which has lots of useful information on how our brain works. Strong reactions created… Continue reading Emotions are useful: How to learn and remember

coaching, homework, Math, reading and writing skills, Uncategorized

Learning and remembering new skills and information is easy: Part two use the senses


When they use only their ears to learn and remember reading, spelling, Mathematics skills, children learn and remember very slowly. Unfortunately we adults often talk too much when teaching our children reading, spelling, and Maths skills.We often use a lot more than three simple sentences to explain something and our children's minds go somewhere else,… Continue reading Learning and remembering new skills and information is easy: Part two use the senses