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13Nov
2013
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Encouragement

Are you really listening?

It can really hurt when someone listens half-heartedly to us, when we really want, and need, their full attention. We can feel unimportant, unworthy or insignificant, particularly if we are lacking in confidence and self-assurance. Here are some listening negatives:- Cutting off the speaker and talking about ourselves Eg. Your child is telling you that […]

29Dec
2011
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Promoting Resilience in Children

Resilience is defined as the ability to recover quickly from setbacks. Are you resilient? Do you know how to promote this important attribute in your children? The American Psychological Association suggests “10 Ways to Build Resilience”, which are: (1) maintaining good relationships with close family members, friends and others; (2) to avoid seeing crises or […]

22Aug
2011
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Making School a Successful Experience for Children and Parents

If we want our children to have a successful and fulfilling experience, we need to be aware of what we are doing, to optimise the process. As a Mother of 4 wonderful Sons and a former Primary School teacher, I would like to offer you some useful tips on managing school life, so that the […]

12Jul
2011
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Whinging, Whining and Unco-operative Behaviour

Whinging, whining and uncooperative behaviour can be very draining and infuriating, and is a very common problem for parents. I can definitely relate to the whinging, whining and unco-operative behaviour. I had lots of this with my first two sons, when they were young. After reading many books and articles on parenting, I deliberately changed […]

24Jan
2011
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Effective Alternatives to Physical Punishment

When I was raising my first child, I was controlling and authoritarian, as this is the way I had been brought up. If my toddler son didn’t do as he was told, I would smack him or put him in time out. On the positive side, I was also very affectionate and gave him a […]

03Dec
2010
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At Home Family Fun Without Screens

I believe that families need a complete break from TV, and other screens, on a regular basis. Having Family Fun Nights allows families to get together, bond, communicate, co-operate, share and participate actively in stimulating activities. There are a huge number of excellent activities that families can engage in together, such as board games, card […]

05Aug
2010
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Dining Out Successfully with Children

With some careful preparation and some sensible strategies, it is possible to take our children out for a meal, and for it to be a pleasurable experience. Why Take Children Out for Meals When children are taken out to a restaurant or cafe, they are likely to be introduced to new smells, tastes, textures, sights […]

07May
2010
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But he hit me first! Sibling Rivalry

It is normal for children to fight some of the time. It would be very strange, and of concern, if they didn’t get angry and attack each other with strong emotion, occasionally. However, fighting can be successfully diminished if parents and carers can follow some effective guidelines that I will outline. Prevention is obviously much […]

26Feb
2010
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Successfully Managing Teenagers

Handling our teenagers successfully involves setting a healthy example, patient teaching, effective communication and nurturing. Having an understanding of the changes and the common characteristics and behaviours, can make it less scary and difficult. Letting go, negotiating, encouraging and empowering our young people, is vital for peace and harmony. Changes At around 12 years for […]

03Aug
2009
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Communicating with Children

“Listen to what I Say!” When consistently practised by parents and children, effective communication skills will bring about a greatly enhanced family life. The importance of conversing regularly and positively with children cannot be underestimated. Learning to communicate properly and to understand the basics of child development can make a big difference to our lives. […]