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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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How do you reduce your child’s computer or TV time? (Video Tips for Raising Children #20)

To reduce your child’s computer or TV time, firstly help your child understand why it’s important to limit screen time. Screens are addictive. Like a plug in drug. It’s really hard for children – and even adults - to turn off the TV, computer or mobile phone and do something else. [...]

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How can you teach your child about child abuse? (Video Tips for Raising Children #19)

To teach your child about child abuse, firstly, talk to them about their privates. Teach your child the proper names for parts of their body. For boys penis and testicles. For girls, vagina and vulva. So if they have to talk about it, they won’t be misunderstood. Let them know that [...]

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How can you have more fun together as a family? (Video Tips for Raising Children #18)

To have more fun as a family, firstly, plan fun days out that you’ll all enjoy and can afford. Go to the park and have a picnic and play Frisbee, or just sit on a bench or lie on a blanket and chat. Go to the beach, paddle or swim in [...]

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How can you get your child to do homework without a fuss? (Video Tips for Raising Children #17)

To get your child to do homework without a fuss, firstly, have a set homework time – depending on the school requirements. Make homework a regular habit. Try to choose a set time every day, when your child has had a little time to chill after coming in from school, and [...]

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