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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Should everyone be offered parenting classes?

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 [...]

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10 Reasons Children Shouldn’t Play Adult Rated Video Games

“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 [...]

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How to Talk to your Child About Terror Attacks

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 [...]

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Is acting like a servant damaging your child?

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 [...]

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Ten fun ways to help your child manage money –from toddlers to teens

Managing money is an important skill that many parents don’t know how to pass on to children. Many teenagers leave home for university or college unable to budget and make their student loan last for a whole term. With mounting student debts it’s important to help your child learn to manage their money before they [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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