The child’s right to speak and be heard


Today is the end of National Children’s Week in Australia which celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. The theme this year is ‘The child’s right to speak and be heard’.

During the week I reflected on this as a parent and what the spirit of this means to our family.  I found myself asking the following questions.

  • What is the communication like in our family and with our kids?
  • Do our kids feel safe to talk about their problems and what is important to them?
  • Are we too quick to judge them without making an effort to really understand where they are coming from, what they are thinking?
  • Are we listening to our kids and giving them the chance to get things out?
  • Are we creating a caring, supportive and encouraging environment where it is safe to be vulnerable, to be open?


10 ways to promote good mental health in your kids


Last Friday (10th October) was World Mental Health Day which aims to promote emotional and social well-being in the community. Days like this remind us that it is important to take the time to think about what you need to do to look after yourself, but also what you can do to support the mental health of your children.

Research clearly shows that children who are mentally healthy are better able to meet life’s challenges, are better learners and have stronger relationships.

So what can you do?

There is quite a bit of literature out there on how we as parents can help promote good mental health and wellbeing in our kids. I have listed my top ten below:


Fish Food – parenting tips and insights


Hi there,  this is the Fishwah team.

This blog category is dedicated to sharing short, sharp daily tips and insights to evoke thoughts and ideas for parents. “food for thought”

Keep coming back to check on our daily update.


Why you should build your child’s self-confidence before it’s too late


As a loving parent, there’s nothing you want more than to happily wave your young adult off into the world with a clear sense of identity, confidence, independence, initiative and self-worth.  In other words, a healthy dose of self-confidence and self-esteem.  You’ve done your job well and you can rest easy in their ability to deal with the world and life’s challenges.

If only it were that simple.


A poem every parent should read

This is an untitled poem by an unknown author that we love. There’s some important messages for parenting and families.


If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.

If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself.

If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.

If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love.

If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive.

If a child lives with recognition, he learns to have a goal.

If a child lives with pity, he learns to be sorry for himself.

If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.

If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with friendliness, he learns that the world is a nice place in which to live.