Laura Newman MSc Blog

Speech Therapist Child Behaviour Specialist

When a Parent is Born

WHEN YOUR CHILD IS BORN, AND FROM WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT, SOMETHING CHANGES INSIDE YOU You cross a threshold and you enter a new world…the world of the parent. You go through a right of passage with the birth of your child. There’s no going back, there is only forward...

Taking Yourself Less Seriously

Becoming a parent is a very personal process. It can be painful at times and you sometimes wonder why you do it. But the rewards you receive from your children hit that sweet spot in you and bring you joy that permeates through every cell of your body. Engaging in the...

The Other Side of Patience

When you’re in a storm with your children it’s hard to see the other side. Your children are bickering or demanding your attention, and a myriad of behaviours that send you into a state of stress. How can you see clearly? How can you make sense of their behaviour? Why...

When a Parent is Born

WHEN YOUR CHILD IS BORN, AND FROM WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT, SOMETHING CHANGES INSIDE YOU You cross a threshold and you enter a new world…the world of the parent. You go through a right of passage with the birth of your child. There’s no going back, there is only forward...

Taking Yourself Less Seriously

Becoming a parent is a very personal process. It can be painful at times and you sometimes wonder why you do it. But the rewards you receive from your children hit that sweet spot in you and bring you joy that permeates through every cell of your body. Engaging in the...

The Other Side of Patience

When you’re in a storm with your children it’s hard to see the other side. Your children are bickering or demanding your attention, and a myriad of behaviours that send you into a state of stress. How can you see clearly? How can you make sense of their behaviour? Why...

Three Cheers for School

Three cheers for September when the kids go back to school! “Hip hip” get jobs done in the house; “hip hip” get them to bed early; “hip hip” recovery time for parents! Joking aside, it’s a good opportunity for parents to think about what they want to achieve or change...

“Just-a-Minute” Parenting

There’s a new trend in parents’ conversations which has come into fashion in recent years. It seeps through the cracks of parents’ resilience to deal with their daily time pressures and children's fundamental need for attention. It can become their ‘modus operandi’ in...

Time-In For Bad Behaviour

When a child behaves badly, parents have typically sent them to their room in time-out, taken away a favourite toy or told them off. It made sense to punish their behaviour to train them be good; “spare the rod, spoils the child.” Developmental science has shown us,...

Gut Bacteria Affect Kid’s Behaviour

Parents can never be too complacent. Just when you think you have everything covered..…there’s always more! If you have a screaming toddler, an unhappy child, or one that seems to go off the rails at the drop of a hat, consider this: 1. Microorganisms swimming around...