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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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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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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Household Routines

Children benefit in a number of ways from having well established routines. Families are often very busy these days with children and parents going about in several directions to meet their various responsibilities. However, by having a set routine for many of the basics can help kids establish a sense …

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Gaining Respect From Your Child

All parents want to be respected by their children, but true respect is something that is earned over time. Most children love their parents and will continue to do so throughout their lives, even if they don’t particularly respect them. To have both love and respect is the perfect package, …

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Using Positives in Disciplining Children

Children respond well to encouragement and positive messages. Knowing this, it makes sense that the ideal way to discipline kids would be to use positive reinforcement whenever possible, resorting to punishments only as a last resort. Start Young Very young children (even babies) will repeat actions that reward them with …

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Making Household Rules

Without rules, children cannot know what is expected of them. Parents establish household rules for a number of reasons – to assure the safety of family members, to help things run smoothly, and to teach their children how to behave in ways that are beneficial to their overall development. Establishing …

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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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Children and Self-Discipline

The ultimate goal of disciplining children is to teach them about proper behaviour so that they will come to the point where they will monitor their own behaviour and make sound choices. Parents who empower their children with the skills to control themselves will raise kids who are able to …

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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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