Managing Expectations and Behaviour at Christmas

Christmas is a time fraught with expectations. If it’s not your children using pester power to convince you that you really MUST spend all your hard earned cash on the latest, greatest toys and gadgets, it is the expectations that we all have for the season of goodwill…to all men, …

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I’m a Childminder and My Toddler Keeps Biting the Baby: Why?

Biting always shocks everyone, parents included. As an anti social behaviour, serial biting can lead to a child being excluded from a nursery because of the dangers to other children. Up to a quarter of all children however, will bite at some point, usually between the ages of two and …

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Coping With Challenging Behaviour as a Working Parent

It is a fact that most parents work, some of us work full time, others part time and some are lucky enough to be able to work flexible hours at home around our children and their school days. However, bringing up children is a full time, permanent job with no …

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Promoting Positive Behaviour by Interaction With Other Children

When you have a child who is displaying tricky behaviour that causes you stress and anxiety, it is perfectly understandable to want to keep your child away from others for fear of a public tantrum! Every parent dreads the idea of their child doing this, particularly in public, and often …

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Questionnaire: Do You Understand Teenage Friendships?

If you have a teenager you will already have noticed how much time they devote to their friends. Texting, social networking and email all make it easy for them to keep in touch, and you may have also noticed that you are fast becoming an unpaid taxi driver and a …

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Helping Your Teenager Cope With Friendship Issues

Every stage of your child’s development will present you with its own challenges, problems and difficulties to overcome, and teenage years are probably among the scariest for most parents! With the pressure of exams looming, growing up and peer pressure, teenagers have a lot going on and their lives have …

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7 Year Old Labelled With Behaviour Issues: How to Handle it?

At just seven years old your son can be helped to overcome his difficulties. All too often we hear about children whose behaviour has been misinterpreted and handled in what we perceive to be an inappropriate way, and this simply serves to make the situation far worse. I am always …

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A New Partner In the Family Unit: Managing Behaviour Changes

If you have been bringing up your children on your own as a single parent, and then meet someone new, with whom you want to spend time, have a relationship and maybe even marry or live, it goes without saying that this is bound to impact on your children’s behaviour …

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Handling Friendship Problems at Primary School

When our children start school they are still very young and very used to having plenty of attention from their parents and possibly their siblings too. It is also possible that you have been taking them to toddler, pre school, nursery and other groups to help them socialise. A New …

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Coping With Behaviour Changes After a Long School Break

A long break from school is what all children look forward to, in fact most of them start counting the days from the beginning of term! Whether it’s the Christmas holidays or the long summer stretching out ahead of us, we all know that this is a time when routines …

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