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 [...]


5 steps to stop shouting at your children

Many parents shout at their children. It seems to be part of normal life at home. And yet, it feels wrong. It’s one of the habits that, as parents, we most want to change. Also it doesn’t seem to have any long term effect – we still end up shouting regularly! And the last thing [...]


20 Reasons Why Children Need Dads

Children benefit from having two parents in their lives. Whether their dad is still in the family home, or whether their parents have separated, dads have a unique role in parenting their children. I’m going to say from the outset -mums are great! They do a fantastic job raising their children. However there are so [...]


My teenager is rude and disrespectful. What can I do?

Hi ElizabethMy son Jack, he's defiant, rude, argumentative, naughty at school and basically no matter what the boundaries, he pushes them. I've tried everything I can think of, I've even had behavioural services round before he went to secondary school, but to be honest we are no further forward. He doesn't work very hard at school, does [...]


41 things you can do if your teenager steals from you

Why do teenagers steal? Sometimes they just want what someone else has got, and don’t think before they take it. They may have developed some sense of entitlement – often because they have not had the opportunity to contribute in their household or work for money. Many teenagers steal because they feel they are unloved [...]


Parenting together: Using problem solving to set family rules

It is best if adults can parent children with a united front – that is they each have the same rules, with rewards when children behave well and consequences when they don’t. Children quickly work out where there are differences in the way their parents deal with misbehaviour. There is normally one ‘disciplinarian’ and one [...]


Is it true you should never punish a child?

I am not an advocate of soft parenting. I believe strongly that children need effective guidance and discipline. But over the years I am beginning to realise that no child ever truly learned from being punished – you know the kind where we, as parents wade in and decide what ‘punishment’ to use. Such as [...]


Positive discipline: How to use Time Out effectively

As a Mother, I occasionally used Time Out with my children to give them time to calm down. When my children were younger they used to spend Time Out in the downstairs cloakroom, and I was surprised one day to find a stash of comics under the rug!  At least one of my children was [...]


Setting rules and boundaries

The average child receives 17 commands in half an hour. For a child who has behaviour problems this increases to 40 commands in half an hour (Webster Stratton) Yet 72% of families don’t  live by an agreed set of rules. And 95% of families would like to learn how to live by an agreed set [...]


Beating Anger. Tips for Parents

The most common thing that parents would like to change about themselves is the way they shout at (or occasionally smack) their child. It is normal and natural to experience anger –it is there as a warning that something is wrong and needs to change. But in the short-term what can you do when your [...]