Social Media and Parenting- Author of Your Guilty Secret discusses how social media has impacted her own experience as a mother

Mar 11 2019

Whilst researching my latest novel, Your Guilty Secret, about an A list celebrity whose life unravels in the full glare of the public eye, I bumped into an old acquaintance. I hadn’t seen her for years, but she started to tell me about the exotic holiday she’d just returned from with her kids.

“It was sheer hell,” she said. “The children didn’t sleep. One of them was sick. I got food poisoning. My husband was on work calls all the time…” and so it went on. I thought that sheer hell might have been over-egging it – but I got that it was a slog. And that having kids makes a holiday just – another day in another place, unless of course the childcare is in abundance.

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Motherhood, celebrity culture, and social media – how to raise children in the social media age

Mar 07 2019

I woke up the other night to my three-year old son having a full on nightmare. His small body arched across the bed in his Batman pyjamas, he was trying to punch an invisible force in front of him. I couldn’t get him to wake up for a while. When I did, he sobbed into my arms that there was a bad snake, trying to eat him. Bad snake? How weird. I couldn’t think of any snakes we’d come across recently. Until then some more words popped out his mouth. “Ninjago, Mummy. It was from Ninjago.” Damn, I thought – was Ninjago inappropriate? His brother is older than him and, I’m ashamed to admit – the television sometimes goes unsupervised. 

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Five Different Ways To Deal With A Stubborn Toddler

Feb 28 2019

As babies grow into toddlerhood, some things become much easier. They get a little more independent, and they are able to help out in small ways. For example, they might be able to run across the room to grab their shoes when it’s time to get ready to go outside. On the other hand, they also develop their own perspective and opinions on a whole range of topics. Sometimes, this doesn’t align with your point of view, and this can lead to a power struggle.

So, just how should you deal with a stubborn toddler? I have outlined a few suggestions below.

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