How to give your child a ‘victim mentality’

Do everything for your child. Don’t expect your child to help with laying the table, preparing a meal, washing the dishes, clearing up after themselves or lifting a finger to help. That way your child will always need someone to ‘do’ things for them, and won’t ever be able to stand on their own two [...]


6 Tips to Help your Negative Child

Do you have a negative child? When something nice is planned for your child, do they often focus on the negative? Do they get upset and complain when anything gets in their way rather than see it as a challenge? Do they give up as soon as things get tricky – and shout and moan [...]


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 [...]


60 ways to help your child sleep

I have been surprised recently by the number of parents wanting help with their children’s sleep. So I have compiled a huge list of things to try if your child is having trouble getting off to sleep or is waking in the night. Every child is different, so have a look through the ideas and [...]


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 [...]


Tips for working parents

Being a working parent is tough on you and your children. Many parents feel guilty about working, and wish they could spend longer with their children.  However with some thought and pre-planning there are quite a few things you can do to minimise the effects and build a great relationship with your children. Flexible working [...]


As a Child of Divorced Parents – what I want…

Emotionally To be loved and supported by both parents. To know that even though my parents no longer want to live in the same house, they still love me and that I will get to spend time with each of them. And that my parents are doing everything possible to sort this out (amicably) [...]


How to Keep the Children Entertained

Children bored? Falling out frequently? Need some ideas to keep them occupied? Then have a look at the following ideas to keep them entertained at home. Create some lovely memories this summer by spending time with them and having fun. Inside Fun Build a den, dragon’s lair or fairy castle! – get some blankets [...]


How to help your child prepare for University

Your job as a parent is to prepare your child for living independently and have all the skills and qualities they need to make the transition to life away from the family home. But when the time comes for children to leave home to go to university, many parents feel unsure about how their teenager [...]