The Relationship Between Diet and Behaviour

Children’s behaviour changes due to many variables including their environments, the people around them, their levels of physical health and if they are experiencing stress. Just as important, though less often investigated, is their diets. Additives and sugar in particular may have an effect on children’s behaviour, but so too …

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Negotiating With Your Teen

Negotiating with your teen may be a good tactic if your teenager routinely tells you that you don’t listen to him or her, you don’t respect his or her opinions and you generally operate as an autocrat. You may not agree with any of this, but negotiating with your teen …

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Explaining Expectations to Children

As tempting as it might be to say “because I said so!” when it comes to your children, it’s really not fair to ask something of a child and not give him or her any indication of why (s)he should follow your instructions. Look for an opportunity to have a …

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Experiencing Negative Consequences of a Decision

It is usually tempting to step in and save your child from making a mistake, but sometimes children need to learn on their own why taking a particular decision isn’t the best option. Allowing a child to take a bad decision and experience the negative consequences which result can be …

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Logical Consequences to Teach Children Respect

Children learn appropriate behaviour very effectively once they experience the negative consequences of poor choices. Sometimes, though, the consequences negatively affect others and not the child directly so the lessons are not as immediate or clear. To help teach children learn respect, parents can implement logical consequences as a means …

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Communicating With Teenagers

It might seem like everything you say to your teen goes in one ear and out the other, but there are ways to communicate more easily and efficiently. Stay in touch with your teen through a variety of methods, give your teen the respect of communicating privately on big issues, …

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Eliminating Your Child’s Temptations

Teaching your children good behaviour is all about showing them how to resist temptation, whether it’s to steal another biscuit, draw on the wall or squeeze out all the toothpaste just for fun. For parents it can be a lot easier, and head off a lot of unnecessary trouble and …

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Understanding Sudden, Odd Behaviour in Your Child

When children start acting differently many parents begin to worry, and with good reason. Sudden, odd behaviour in your child could be an indication that something is very wrong in his or her world. When you notice new and confusing behaviour in your child, investigate if there could be a …

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Attachment Disorders in Children

Attachment disorders are conditions in which infants and young children fail to establish any sort of emotional bonding with their primary caregivers. This means that the baby or child’s emotional needs of love, comfort, affection, care and nurturing, go unmet in the first few years of life. Understanding the types, …

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When Friends Begin to Bully

Children’s friendships often go through stages of closeness and distance, agreement and disagreement, flattering and teasing. For many parents simply letting these stages cycle seems a natural way to deal with them. But when negative behaviour from either friend descends into bullying parents must act. Recognising signs of bullying, speaking …

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