30 After school conversation starters

I don’t know about you, but when I ask my kids how their day was at school, I get “fine” or “good,” and that’s the end of the conversation. School days can be long and tiring for them, so understandably, they might not be talkative in the afternoons. I pick up my kids from school, so it became essential for me to be more intentional with our conversations on the drive home. I wanted more than just “good” or “fine,” and that’s when I started asking them more open-ended questions. Here are 30 after school conversation starters to try with your kids. What made you smile today?Who did you sit...

6 Ways to bring more positive language into your home

The way we speak to our kids becomes their inner voice. In the middle of a stressful situation, it can be hard to find the words to express the kind of mindfulness and positive language we want to model. When you treat your kids with love and respect, you’ll strengthen your bond. Over the years, I have learnt to make small adjustments to my words, and I would like to share them with you. Here are 6 ways to bring more positive language into your home. Instead of “You’re naughty” try “You can do better than that” or “You’ve made a poor choice” Saying things like “you’re naughty” or “you’re...

30 Positive affirmations for kids

Positive thinking is an incredibly powerful tool. The quality of your thoughts determines the quality of your life. Saying positive things out loud and hearing yourself saying them is an effective way to program your brain to think positively. Positive thinking is a skill that we can teach our kids from a young age. By beginning to think positively, we can help our kids to boost their self-esteem and overcome negative thoughts. Positive affirmations are phrases that we repeat to ourselves to provide ourselves with encouragement and motivation. I introduced affirmations to Asante a...

Disciplining without crushing self-esteem

There’s no doubt that discipline and parenting go hand in hand. It’s our role to teach our children the difference between right and wrong, and that sometimes requires some form of discipline. However, as parents, we sometimes discipline our kids in a way that has the potential to crush their self-esteem. But where do we draw the line? My parenting style has evolved over the years, especially in the past 2 years, and so has the way that I discipline my kids. In this blog post, I share a few tips on disciplining without crushing self-esteem.  Assess before you discipline Here’s the...

5 Principles of positive parenting

I remember buying stacks of parenting books when I was pregnant with my eldest, only to find that nothing can prepare you for parenting. Yes, staying informed will help, but every parent and child is unique. There are many definitions of positive parenting. My take on positive parenting is that it’s all about focusing on developing a strong and committed relationship between parent and child. Here are the 5 principles of positive parenting that I try to practice every day. Focus on the positive Kids do the darnest things, and that’s because they are kids! They need us to guide them and...