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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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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Home Behaviour Policies

It is up to parents to establish the standards that they expect their children to adhere to. By teaching children to behave in positive appropriate ways, parents can establish households that are warm, nurturing, and pleasant. Start Young Even very young children can be expected to exert a certain level …

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When Friends’ Children Misbehave

There is an unspoken rule that you cannot tell off your friends’ children. Rather like criticising someone’s choice of job or partner, the naughtiness of their children is a sensitive subject. The exception to this rule is if their children are in your care or in your home – perhaps …

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Positive Parenting at Home

All children require positive influences in their lives, and positive parenting begins at home. Although sometimes you may feel that you have completely run out of patience, or are simply too tired to even begin to think about staying positive, it is really important to stay in control of your …

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Your Child’s Behaviour and its Impact on Others

It’s the one thing that all parents dread…you are shopping in the supermarket or trying to enjoy a family lunch and suddenly one of your little bundles of joy decides to kick off into a rage that can only be described as a volcanic eruption! Perfect timing! Children always manage …

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Interview: Working with Behavioural Issues in Children

Dr Sarah Helps is a child behaviour specialist and has spent the last 13 years working with children and young people who struggle with their behaviour for a variety of reasons. A Wide Range of Problems Dr Helps is qualified to work in both a child and adolescent mental team …

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Guide for Single Parents Coping Alone

BEING a single parent is tough, and if you have a child who displays challenging and difficult behaviour and you suddenly find yourself dealing with this alone, you could be forgiven for going into a blind panic. As well as being the primary carer for all your children, possibly the …

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Talking to Your Child About Your ‘New’ Family

When you are first on your own with your children, the last thing that you will want to think about is meeting someone new. Chances are that you are still in love with your former partner, or maybe you are so full of anger that you can’t stand the thought …

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