As creatures of habit, when it comes to your family, does history always repeat itself?

Old Photographs and Documents

Early this morning I took a stroll around the beautiful lake at Virginia Waters with my friend who runs a successful Nanny Agency. This is fast becoming a Tuesday ritual because we love the fresh air and stunning views. We also like to laugh a lot … [Read more...]

The Obedience Trap: 3 Very Good Reasons Why Your Child Is Not Doing What Told

Tired Housewife Cleanning House with Children

  It has been an emotional week in the world of Smiley.  In my personal life, I've been waving goodbye to our beautiful family home of 38 years. This much needed move has been such a long time coming but that doesn't make it any easier. It's … [Read more...]

5 Simple Ways to Help Your Child Like What She Sees in the Mirror

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"High self esteem is our passport to happiness in adult life." ~ Smiley Coach Lisa Parkes How we see ourselves pretty much influences our whole lives: our relationships & how we treat other people our emotional well-being our mental … [Read more...]

Warning: 10 ways a mother’s love can damage a child


A mother's love is like no other. Isn't that what they say? Nobody will love you quite like your mother does. She is your first attachment; a sacred and special bond that is brimming with love.  Sadly, it isn't the case for everybody.  If your … [Read more...]