31 08, 2015

What can you do if your toddler hates hair-washing? (Raising Toddlers #24)

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If your toddler hates hair washing, firstly empathise with your toddler and help them work through their fear. If you imagine you were petrified of heights, and someone you love, every day, threw you off a cliff into the water below, despite your screams and upset, you’ll begin to understand how [...]

28 08, 2015

How can you do a digital detox with your teenager? (Video Tips for Raising Teenagers #24)

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If you’re worried your teenager is addicted to their mobile, Facebook or computer gaming, try a digital detox where everyone in the house turns off all TV’s, tablets, , laptops and any other ‘screens’ for a set time. So firstly, agree a 1- or 2-day digital detox and plan ahead. It’s [...]

26 08, 2015

How can you deal with an anxious child? (Video Tips for Raising Children #23)

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If your child gets anxious in new situations or doing something they don’t want to, firstly, help your child write their worries down and explore solutions. If your child has lots of worries, they’re easier to deal with if they’re out in the open and named. So help your child make [...]

26 08, 2015

How can you help your toddler to stop sucking their thumb? (Raising Toddlers #23)

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If you want your toddler to stop sucking their thumb, firstly, help your toddler want to stop. And offer a reward if they do. Ask them if they want to stop the habit, and why it’s important to them. Often they just don’t want to seem like a baby. Explain to [...]

26 08, 2015

What can you do if you think your teenager is in an abusive relationship? (Video Tips for Raising Teenagers #23)

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If you think your teenager is in an abusive relationship, firstly, regularly, talk to your teenager about relationships - what’s ok and what’s not ok. If your teenager thinks that a partner getting jealous and checking up on them or hitting them is acceptable, or makes a joke out of it, [...]

19 08, 2015

How can you teach your child to be more caring and compassionate? (Video Tips for Raising Children #22)

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To help your child become more compassionate, firstly stop doing everything for your child and get them involved in helping and doing things for others without payment. Sometimes the most loving and giving parents do so much, that the children become self-centred. However children are capable of: Doing regular jobs around [...]

17 08, 2015

How can you deal with your teenager’s mobile phone obsession? (Video Tips for Raising Teenagers #26)

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If your teenager is always on their mobile, firstly, at a good time, talk about the effect their mobile phone use is having on them, on you, and on the family. Don’t be critical or judgemental or just talk about the negatives, recognise that keeping in touch and the things they [...]

17 08, 2015

How can you stop your toddler winding up a new puppy? (Raising Toddlers #22)

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If you want to stop your toddler winding up a new puppy, firstly set up some rules about the puppy... Be gentle and kind when stroking the puppy. Keep hands away from the puppies’ eyes, ears and tail. When approaching the puppy stay calm and quiet and let it smell your [...]

13 08, 2015

Does your teenager feel entitled? (Video Tips for Raising Teenagers #22)

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If your teenager feels entitled, firstly expect your teenager to do more to help, get a job and maybe volunteer. It’s your job, as a parent to help your teenager become a responsible adult who can care for themselves. If you don’t, when they leave home, they won’t be in the [...]

12 08, 2015

How can you plan quality time with your children every day? (Video Tips for Raising Children #21)

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To give your children quality time every day, firstly understand it’s important for your relationship, your child’s behaviour, for fun and for social skills. Quality time is where you give each child at least 15 minutes special time every day - to play or chat or do something you can enjoy [...]