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The Secret to Defusing a Child’s Anger, Upset or Tantrum.

When our children get annoyed or tearful, as parents we often end up contradicting them. We try to explain why they shouldn’t feel that way. We tell them off for being unreasonable, we try to tell them what they should do to sort it out. Next time there’s an angry outburst or upset, try instead [...]

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5 Steps to Reduce Your Child’s Screen Time.

Managing children’s time watching television, playing games, using Facebook or social media, or texting friends is becoming a big problem. So here are a few tips to help. 1. Understand WHY you’re limiting screen time. Sometimes it’s easier to stick to the rules when you know why it’s important. Playing computer games can have some [...]

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Should everyone be offered parenting classes?

David Cameron released a statement  saying that all parents should be offered parenting classes, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Being a parenting expert, I see the huge impact that parenting classes can have on family life. As Michael Levine put it: ‘Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you [...]

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10 Reasons Children Shouldn’t Play Adult Rated Video Games

“Dear Elizabeth My 12 year old is getting really frustrated with the fact that I will not allow him to play console games above his age group, he keeps telling me that all his friends are playing them, and I feel I'm getting weaker and weaker at standing my ground with this. It's exhausting, and [...]

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How to Talk to your Child About Terror Attacks

How do you talk to children about the awful news of the terror attack in Manchester Arena after the Ariana Grande concert? Especially as children were among the casualties. It’s normal for children to feel anxious when they hear about shootings, bombings, and other attacks where there seems to be a senseless loss of life. It’s frightening [...]

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Is acting like a servant damaging your child?

Do you feel that your job is to provide for your child and to do most of the jobs around the house? And do you feel frustrated when your child refuses to tidy up after themselves, and whinges and whines whenever they’re asked to help? When you think about it, if your child expects you [...]

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What can you do if your child is always negative and complaining? (Video Tips for Raising Children #26)

If you have a negative, complaining child, firstly, empathise with your child’s negative thoughts. Don’t criticise them for being negative because it will make them feel even more helpless and hopeless. Instead listen to them, and empathise with what they’re thinking – you could say: ‘It sounds like you’re really worried [...]

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How do you stop a toddler running off? (Raising Toddlers #26)

To stop a toddler running off firstly, explain about staying safe then ask your toddler lots of questions about what they need to do when you’re out. If your toddler can’t speak very well you give them the answers too. ‘So Max, when we go to the shops, where do you [...]

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