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 do you stop a toddler running off? (Raising Toddlers #26)

To stop a toddler running off firstly, explain about staying safe then ask your toddler lots of questions about what they need to do when you’re out. If your toddler can’t speak very well you give them the answers too. ‘So Max, when we go to the shops, where do you [...]

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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 teach your toddler not to interrupt when you’re talking? (Raising Toddlers #25)

To teach your toddler not to interrupt, firstly teach your toddler to put their hand on your arm when they want to interrupt. Explain to your toddler that it’s ok to want your attention, but it’s polite to let you finish what you were saying, and then you’ll be happy to [...]

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How can you teach your teenager to say ‘no’ to peer pressure? (Video Tips for Raising Teenagers #25)

  To help your teenager say ‘no’ to peer pressure, firstly, discuss when saying ‘no’ to friends would be useful. Such as if they were asked to do something sexual or offered cigarettes or drugs by a friend. Secondly, help them work out useful strategies. And there are 10. So just [...]

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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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What can you do if your toddler hates hair-washing? (Raising Toddlers #24)

If your toddler hates hair washing, firstly empathise with your toddler and help them work through their fear. If you imagine you were petrified of heights, and someone you love, every day, threw you off a cliff into the water below, despite your screams and upset, you’ll begin to understand how [...]

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How can you do a digital detox with your teenager? (Video Tips for Raising Teenagers #24)

If you’re worried your teenager is addicted to their mobile, Facebook or computer gaming, try a digital detox where everyone in the house turns off all TV’s, tablets, , laptops and any other ‘screens’ for a set time. So firstly, agree a 1- or 2-day digital detox and plan ahead. It’s [...]

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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 help your toddler to stop sucking their thumb? (Raising Toddlers #23)

If you want your toddler to stop sucking their thumb, firstly, help your toddler want to stop. And offer a reward if they do. Ask them if they want to stop the habit, and why it’s important to them. Often they just don’t want to seem like a baby. Explain to [...]

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