Keeping children safe

According to the late professor of psychiatry and infant mental health specialist, Daniel Stern, one of the psychological challenges facing parents, especially mothers or primary caregivers, is that of keeping […]

Playing with games a...

Some children as young as two years old can navigate their way around cel phones, laptops and ipads. Toys and games are fast going out of fashion. New millenium kids […]

Playing makes childr...

As a psychologist I am privileged to be able to spend a lot of time with children doing play therapy. This gives me a unique and special opportunity to see […]

Does your child have...

When children are distressed, they often don’t show it and they can’t always find the words to say how they are feeling. Anxiety in children can manifest in a number […]

Children’s Rights

Children in Mind is concerned with anything related to the mental health, behaviour and emotions of children. So we support these 10 principles of the UN Convention on the Rights […]

High self-esteem or ...

Eight year old Shaun seems extremely confident and self-assured. He tells everyone that he is a genius and the cleverest boy in the country. He is desperate for approval by […]

What babies need fro...

I have been reading an interesting book by Graham Music called ‘Nurturing Natures. It’s about attachment, emotional and brain development and it’s well worth reading, particularly for people who work with […]

What is your baby or...

I have just listened to a brilliant TED talk about what it’s like inside the mind of a baby. The talk is by Alison Gopnik, professor or psychology and philosophy […]

Donor egg and sperm ...

Recently I attended a fascinating workshop called ‘Mothers and Fathers of Invention’ facilitated by the skilled and highly knowledgable Cape Town based clinical psychologist, Diane Sandler, and based on the […]

Child-raising has be...

The Harvard based psychology professor, Steven Pinker, in his life-changing book entitled The Better Angels of our Nature makes a powerful argument for the fact that, contrary to popular belief, […]

Parenting in the Dig...

Johannesburg-based Imago Relationship and Parenting Therapist, Lome Koekemoer, has this to say about parenting in the age of technology: “When we grow up, we learn a great deal about problem […]

Ghosts in the Nurser...

I have just been re-reading a famous paper by the pioneering Infant Mental Health Specialist, Selma Fraiberg about what she called “Ghosts in the Nursery”. It’s about how our parenting […]

Does my baby need a ...

Some babies are predictably unpredictable! Others seem to gravitate towards a fairly predictable daily rhythm. If your baby seems to want a feed or a nap at different times each […]

How to help your baby

Why does your baby need you to join our ‘Babies in Mind’ network and attend our parent workshops? Psychologists are always going on about how mental health rests on the […]

Beyond Dr Spock

When we become new parents, there are many voices that try to guide us.  Remember that the loudest voice should be your baby’s. Quote by Port Elizabeth based psychologist and Babies in Mind […]

The value of a mother

Do you ever feel under-valued, under-paid and unappreciated as a mother? The commitment and devotion is takes to raise a child means being there every day – and night – […]

Are computers bad fo...

Parents often have concerns that modern technology could be harmful to children. For those of us who did not grow up with computers, it can be really hard to watch […]

Workshops for new pa...

WOULD YOU LIKE TO RUN WORKSHOPS WITH NEW MOTHERS/PARENTS? If you are a mental health professional who is interested in conducting specialized Babies in Mind workshops with new parents or […]

Does your child need...

I attended a really interesting lecture recently at the Western Cape Association of Infant Mental Health. Pam Versfeld is a physiotherapist who works a lot with babies and children who […]

Advice from a Bipola...

I have just finished reading the most fabulous book by Rahla Xenopoulos entitled, A Memoir of Love and Madness. Rahla has a bipolar disorder (manic depression) and she is the […]

The Tiger Mother

I have just read the famously controversial book by Amy Chua called, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. The author and tiger mother is from a strict, Chinese immigrant background, […]

Delinquent behavior ...

What do you do when your child or your teenager breaks the law? How should you react when your child is caught stealing, shoplifting, using drugs or engaging in other […]

Mistakes parents make

Making mistakes is the price you pay for knowledge Anonymous Knowledge about babies and children comes less from parenting books and much more from personal experience. As parents, we can […]

Star charts for bad ...

As I was reading Mommy Masters parenting tip for August, I was reminded about the incredible value of behavior charts – also known as star charts. The psychology world is […]

What is a good parent?

Part of the madness about being a parent is the feeling that you’re getting it all wrong and your kids are suffering as a result. It can cause debilitating guilt […]

How to be a parent

The thing about parenting is that loads of people like to tell you how to do it. There can be a real pressure to parent the right way. This can […]

How to raise a happy...

When thinking about how to raise your child, you will no doubt be trying to create a happy childhood for him or her. But your child will not always only […]

Problems with parenting

A woman I know who has three grown up kids and a grandchild once said to me, Everyone is so excited and happy when a first pregnancy is announced, but […]