The Secret to Defusing a Child’s Anger, Upset or Tantrum.

When our children get annoyed or tearful, as parents we often end up contradicting them. We try to explain why they shouldn’t feel that way. We tell them off for being unreasonable, we try to tell them what they should do to sort it out. Next time there’s an angry outburst or upset, try instead [...]

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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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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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Homework Heaven

Have you ever wondered how you could get your child to do homework without all the hassle? These simple tips have made a huge difference to many parents who used to battle to get their child to do homework each night 1.       Make homework a regular habit. If you can, have a set time every [...]

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11 Ways to Help your Child Cope with Frustration

Children often struggle with frustrations. Both with things they want to do on their own, meeting expectations and with being denied things they want. Life can be full of frustrations, but it helps if children can experience difficulties, and learn how to cope when they want something and can’t have it. Parents can help a [...]

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15 ways to protect your children from growing up too fast

A recent survey by Netmums says s that childhood now finishes at the age of 12 due to the pressures of modern life. In the survey, more than two thirds of parents felt that childhoods ended before their children became teenagers and 16% said it happened by the age of 10.  The survey claims that [...]

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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 [...]

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A step by step approach to resolving conflict for family harmony

Resolving conflict is an essential life skill that parents and children can learn, and yet is rarely taught.  It is the art of working out exactly what you want at the end of an argument and how you are most likely to achieve it. It involves carefully considering the needs of the other person and [...]

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Is your child’s teacher your ally or enemy?

Teachers are very powerful people in the life of your child. Primary school teachers are influential for a full year of your child’s life, and have an important role in your child’s happiness. Yet many parents miss the opportunity to ally with the teacher to ensure that there is consistency between the approach you are [...]

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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 [...]

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