coaching, homework, teens, Working with teens

Your teen and you – No 4 – time to create a win-win deal


It’s time to get down and decide a win-win deal together and take turns speaking and listening to each other. For negotiations to be successful  create a situation where your teen will stay comfortable and alert enough to listen closely to you. The most important thing you can do is to keep any of your… Continue reading Your teen and you – No 4 – time to create a win-win deal

coaching, goal-setting, self-care

The modern-day cult of busyness: What happened to relaxed time with family?


Are you enjoying your family? Having a conversation with a parent today reminded me that what I best remember as a parent of young children were the special times when I was relaxed and completely there with them. I wouldn't be thinking about work, or a problem, or about something in the future or past;… Continue reading The modern-day cult of busyness: What happened to relaxed time with family?

homework, Math, reading and writing skills

How to help your child so reading, writing, and Mathematics becomes fun.


Reading, writing, and doing Mathematics: How not to help your child. Think back to when you were a child and being told that you would like something you had already got to dislike. Do you remember how annoying and unhelpful those talks were? You didn't believe them. You wished they would stop trying to convince… Continue reading How to help your child so reading, writing, and Mathematics becomes fun.

reading and writing skills

Learning how to handwrite is not an unnecessary skill….yet.


Handwriting helps our children learn easier - and it can be taught. I've already written  in a previous post about how handwriting can help us learn and remember. Many of you might have children with dyslexia or learning disabilities and I still firmly believe that even if your child has poor motor skills, they can… Continue reading Learning how to handwrite is not an unnecessary skill….yet.

coaching, Math, reading and writing skills

Win-win agreements make coaching your child reading, writing, and Mathematics skills more fun!


Create agreements that make you both happy. This week I've asked permission to share an email from a concerned family coach who is working with me. She has a young boy who is working on improving his Mathematics and reading and writing skills and he is a very skilled negotiator - even though he is… Continue reading Win-win agreements make coaching your child reading, writing, and Mathematics skills more fun!

coaching, reading and writing skills

Make haste slowly: Coaching your child reading, writing, and Mathematics the fast way.


Haste makes for slow reading, writing and Mathematics progress: Relaxed, steady focus works. One new different thing reading, writing, Mathematics skills at a time. I often only begin coaching one area (reading, writing, or Mathematics) that a student finds difficult, and one reading, writing, or Mathematics skill they are comfortable with, and love. To begin… Continue reading Make haste slowly: Coaching your child reading, writing, and Mathematics the fast way.

coaching, homework

Respectful partnership: A buzz for you both


If you are really going to co-operate with Nature’s plan for the development of intelligence, you take your signals from the child. Not from some book, not from some expert, .....you take your signals from the child. (Joseph Chilton Pearce cited in Brownlee, P. 2007) Taking our signals from our children: The importance of attunement.… Continue reading Respectful partnership: A buzz for you both

coaching, homework, Math, reading and writing skills

Help your child develop their reading, writing, and Mathematics skills: Don’t leave it up to the teachers.


Is your child reluctant to go to school? Not bringing homework home? Refusing to read and write? Disliking Mathematics? Check out more signs of a child who may be failing to do well at school Recent research found parental involvement in children learning to read, write, and do Mathematics to be a key factor in… Continue reading Help your child develop their reading, writing, and Mathematics skills: Don’t leave it up to the teachers.

reading and writing skills

The secret to helping your child learn to read.


Last post I talked about the importance of teaching your child how letters make sounds to read, and how sounds make letters to spell, so they can begin to understand reading and enjoy writing stories. This post gives you tips on how your child can become a life-long reader. This student was taught phonics and… Continue reading The secret to helping your child learn to read.

reading and writing skills

Phonics: The secret weapon that helps your child learn to read and spell.


Reading and writing should be easy to learn Many children are reluctant readers and poor spellers who struggled to learn to read and don’t like writing. They prefer not to read, or see reading as work rather than fun, and write the minimum, using simple words they can spell. What a great pity this is… Continue reading Phonics: The secret weapon that helps your child learn to read and spell.