Category: Miss Manners

Miss Manners – How to Get Kids to Tidy Up

Is anyone else COMPLETELY fed up with spending their trying to get kids to tidy up after themselves?  It feels like a never ending cycle of mess – nagging – shouting – negotiating – threatening – tidying again and again and. We’ve never quite worked out why some people’s houses are constantly immaculate (how exactly do they do this? We suspect they stay up all night or employ secret cleaners) whilst our houses our overloaded with stuff. Not only is all this stuff driving us demented but we know that teaching them to keep their stuff in order is...

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Miss Manners – Chores for Children

As Miss Manners asserted in ‘teaching children self-love‘, giving kids household chores helps give them confidence and boosts personal growth. Now, we’re not ones to ignore that little beacon of light so we thought we’d better explore this in more detail. It’s great to hear that even kids as young as 2 can help but obviously chores need to be age appropriate – painting the shed may be a little past their capabilities … Generally though, you can start children doing chores young and help them foster independence and skills. We don’t know who Robert Heinlein is actually but his...

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Teaching Your Children Self-Love

Alongside feeding them frequently, clothing them daily and keeping them alive (we know the list is endless) there is one thing above all others that we parents need to be doing. We need to teach our children self-love. Self-esteem in children develops very early, and psychologists and child experts now know it is the central component for a life time of happiness. A child’s self-esteem and self-love is acquired not inherited so there is no job more important for a parent (it’s only their whole happiness in our hands – not MUCH responsibility then). Don’t panic though as we’ve...

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Miss Manners: 5 Steps to Survive Kids Party Hell

Miss Manners has been busy doing the party circuit the past couple of months and as usual has a few gems of wisdom to impart to us parents. Frankly, before kids we thought planning and executing a kids party would be a walk in the park. We dreamed of beautiful table decorations, immaculate and well-behaved children who would delight in a game of musical chairs and eat perfectly cut finger sandwiches. No one told us it required almost as much preparation as Christmas lunch, the negotiation skills of a UN ambassador and that we would be praying for it...

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Miss Manners: Teach your Kids an Attitude of Gratitude

Our generation of kids appear to be born entitled these days, surrounded by adults who cater to their every need and whim. Christmas is the ultimate jackpot with high end devices being stuffed into jumbo sized stockings all over the country. But what if we could teach them how develop an attitude for gratitude?  It would be,  hands down, the most precious gift they get this year. Gratitude goes way beyond good manners and it is a mind-set that we need to instill from a young age.  We know that it’s hard to break away from the Christmas commercialism,...

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Miss Manners: Keeping the magic of Christmas alive

We all love the magic of Christmas when your kids come bounding in like wide eyed bunnies ripping apart boxes and jamming batteries into all manner of toy orifices. However, we will be sending them a memo to say the Christmas magic shop is not open until 7am on the 25th this year! Are you one of those people who painstakingly plan Christmas from October, get caught in an endless stream of buying kids gifts, cooking, cleaning and tending to everyone but yourself?  Then listen up! This year it’s about stopping to smell the snowflakes, with your children –...

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Skool Rules for parents

The ultimate guide to school gate etiquette for parents. Sit up straight, no pushing, biting or name calling. And that’s just for starters. Miss Manners has a thing or two to get off her ample chest as you swing though the school gates this term. Whether you’re a seasoned parent on quadruple school runs or a novice dropping off your first born, here are Miss Manners top 5 skool rules you need to know. Skool Rules #1: Your school wardrobe Tempting though it might be to rock up on the first week with oversized sunglasses, bouncy tresses, manicured nails...

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6 Ways to Keep Your Sanity This Summer

SUMMER HOLIDAYS ARE NEARLY HERE… The countdown to the Summer Holidays has started and those of us who can’t escape to the office are beginning to wonder how we can keep our sanity during this long break. Here are our top tips to stop any mental breakdowns and to prevent you asking for your kids to be taken into care. DON’T OVER-COMMIT  The worst kind of holiday can be one which is absolutely jam-packed with activities and people. The kids and you need a break. Not just from school but from all your friends (no matter how good friends...

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10 Strategies for Being a Great Dad

Ten Strategies For Being A Great Dad Go on regular ‘Dad dates’ with NOANOK – No Other Adults, No Other Kids. Plan a one-on-one ‘Dad trip’  – be intentional about spending time with them. Be creative about making time with them. One day a week a walk to school, ice cream on a Friday, a bike ride. Help them understand they are special  by focusing on their unique qualities. Practise listening not solving or judging. Just Listen. Talk about values like trust, honesty, integrity, showing respect to others and generosity to the poor. Acknowledge drug use and peer pressure...

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10 Things Girls Need Most by Steve Biddulph

“We have to take care of each other on this journey to make the world better for all our girls.” Steve Biddulph In his ground breaking new book, 10 Things Girls Need Most to grow up strong and free, Steve Biddulph, famous psychologist and parenting guru, tackles the worrying rise in depression and anxiety amongst our teenage girls. He campaigns for the re-appearance of spending special time with older, wiser, kinder people, as well as girls spending time relaxed with nature. He has put together a kit bag of interactive tools and insightful skills to help us liberate our...

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