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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 […]

27May
2011
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How to Avoid Spoiling Our Children

Most people would agree that it is not a good idea to over-indulge our children. This can happen many ways, often unconsciously. This article will describe these areas, and detail suggestions to be less indulging with our young people. I will also talk about the reasons that parents and carers spoil their children, in order […]

18Apr
2011
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Suggesting Alternatives for Unacceptable Behaviour

If our child is doing something that we don’t approve of, we can often suggest another similar activity, which will be appealing to him or her. We need to be thinking laterally and creatively, when we are raising our children. By doing this, our lives will be made easier, because we will both be content […]

15Mar
2011
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Inspiring Co-operation without Nagging, Shouting or Punishing

It can be very frustrating and irritating when our children don’t co-operate with us on a regular basis. It is tempting to raise our voices, to repeat ourselves over and over, or to threaten to punish for non-compliance. But there is a more effective, simple solution, to motivate our children to co-operate. This involves encouragement, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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