Blogs: Diane Levy- Super Granny

Managing 7 Year Old Behaviour-Ask Once, Tell Once

dealing with challenging behaviour

Dealing with challenging behaviour from a 7 year old is hard work, and can be very emotionally draining on parents. Here’s 4 key tips for managing 7 year old behaviour from parent expert Diane Levy. Continue reading »

Dealing with a strong willed child


Hi Diane,

I have a very strong willed 4 year old girl. We seem to bang heads at just about every request I give her. I have tried pre-warning her that bath time is coming up or we need to do her hair soon. Or I try and give her a choice, if she would like to sit in the bedroom or lounge to get hair done. I just read your book on Time Out. I can tell with 10 seconds of asking then going over to tell her to do something she will not. I tried ignoring her until the task is done, but she continues to whinge and pull at me till she wears me down. She is very determined! I have tried locking her in her bedroom, she then precedes to yell and bang on door, till i feel so guilty I have to go to her. When I open the door she throws herself at me and insist’s on being held while still throwing herself around. She can be such a delightful little girl and loves to help out at home. I just don’t want to waste this precious time i have with her. She is the youngest of 3. Continue reading »

Toilet training your children


Dear Diane,

Help! We have been trying to potty train our daughter. We have put her in undies and have told her where to go wees etc and this is fine. She is happy to sit on the toilet or potty. However she won’t release! She will dance around holding herself until she can’t hold it any longer but seems to be petrified of actually going in the toilet. We have praised her up, had Teddies and dolls on the toilet, we have a magic stick, we’ve poured water in, we’ve read books etc etc. Nothing seems to work. She is 2 years and 3 months. Continue reading »

Trouble with toilet training


I get lots of questions about toilet training children and with some children, it can be a really challenging business. Recently, I received this email from a desperate mother….

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Getting kids through separation and divorce

Divorce and child custody

I often get questions about helping children through their parents’ separation and I recently received this question: Even when the parents are on the same page and are happier not living together, how do I get my kids through it? It breaks my heart. Tough for everyone! Continue reading »

Getting children out of bed in the morning


A reader recently wrote asking help with getting children out of bed in the morning… here’s how to do it!  Continue reading »

Do as you’re told!


I was teaching a parenting seminar a few weeks ago and showing parents how to insist that their children do as they are told. A parent asked, “But isn’t that intimidation?” It was a totally reasonable question and one that I was happy to address. It certainly set me thinking. “Why should children do as they are told?”

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Outrageous behavior


There is a programme I try not to miss during the week at 4.00 p.m. on Radio New Zealand National called “The Panel.” The host has two guest panelists whose opinion he seeks on a variety of topical issues. At some point in the hour he always has a “What’s on your mind?” section where he asks the panelists to talk about anything that is particularly on their mind.

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Children and Grief

Children and Grief

The Christchurch mosque shootings have shaken most of us to the core. There is just a general disbelief that anything like this could have happened in New Zealand… ever! The families of those lost will be grieving their loved ones for many years to come.

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Questions from parents 3


Thank you to all the lovely people who have sent me “real” questions about their daily lives as parents. I will answer them in the order they arrived.

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