11 04, 2016

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

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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 [...]

4 04, 2016

HOW to Give Your Child Unconditional Love

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Unconditional love is the way you show your child that they are loved no matter what faults they have. You know that you love your child, even when they are badly behaved, but children don’t always understand that. When you get cross or angry – or shout at or punish them, your child feels ‘flawed’ [...]

17 02, 2016

5 Steps to Reduce Your Child’s Screen Time.

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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 [...]

10 01, 2016

Should everyone be offered parenting classes?

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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 [...]

8 12, 2015

10 Reasons Children Shouldn’t Play Adult Rated Video Games

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“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 [...]

27 11, 2015

How to Talk to your Child About Terror Attacks

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How do you talk to children about the news about terror attacks, such as those in Nice, Paris, Istanbul airport or Syria? 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 for many people. It’s hard to [...]

7 11, 2015

Is acting like a servant damaging your child?

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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 [...]

16 09, 2015

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

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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 [...]

14 09, 2015

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

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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 [...]