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 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 [...]

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 frustr ated 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 [...]

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 [...]

9 09, 2015

How can you help your child stop biting their nails? (Video Tips for Raising Children #25)

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To help your child to stop biting their nails, firstly help your child make the decision they want to stop. Sit down with your child and get them to write down all the reasons they want to stop: Because their nails look horrible. Because of the germs- did you know that [...]

7 09, 2015

How can you teach your toddler not to interrupt when you’re talking? (Raising Toddlers #25)

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To teach your toddler not to interrupt, firstly teach your toddler to put their hand on your arm when they want to interrupt. Explain to your toddler that it’s ok to want your attention, but it’s polite to let you finish what you were saying, and then you’ll be happy to [...]

4 09, 2015

How can you teach your teenager to say ‘no’ to peer pressure? (Video Tips for Raising Teenagers #25)

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  To help your teenager say ‘no’ to peer pressure, firstly, discuss when saying ‘no’ to friends would be useful. Such as if they were asked to do something sexual or offered cigarettes or drugs by a friend. Secondly, help them work out useful strategies. And there are 10. So just [...]

2 09, 2015

How can you make sure your child feels loved? (Video Tips for Raising Children #24)

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To make sure your child feels loved, firstly spend one to one quality time with them each day. Researchers* recently found that a third of children don’t know their parents love them. Children may love electronic gadgets and doing lots of fun activities, but relationships are built and cemented when you [...]