Keeping secrets

Question: A friend of my child has disclosed some personal information to her. She doesn’t know what to do with this info. Neither do I! But I feel I should do something. Help! You don’t say what area the information falls into so this reply will be in relation to commonly reported sensitive situations involving … Read more

Whining and whingeing

Question: My child has started whining for things and about things. The sound just gets on my nerves. I know I am over-reacting. Got any ideas? Call it what you like- moaning, complaining, grumbling, bleating, belly-aching, being grumpy, griping and sounding querulous- it gets every parent’s attention and jangles your nerves. This grating voice is … Read more

Pushing buttons

Question: My child answers back and it’s driving me crazy! Any suggestions? Back-chat is very frustrating and every parent reading this blog will be full of sympathy. It is a common problem. It stems partly from the child asserting their independence, exerting control and testing out the boundaries. The unspoken agenda is ‘How much will … Read more