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18Sep
2013
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Pointers for standing up for yourself without losing your cool

To be able to tell someone in a calm, assertive manner how their behaviour is adversely affecting you, and what you would like them to do, is an essential, and very satisfying life skill. It’s not easy at first. There are plenty of situations where you can practise on strangers, friends, family members, and your […]

11Feb
2013
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How to have a satisfying, uninterrupted phone conversation when your youngsters are nearby

Children love lots of attention and will go to great lengths to get it, even if they have to do something naughty to get it. They may whine in the background or ask questions that can definitely wait for a few minutes. A good way to get your attention is for them to start doing […]

02Aug
2012
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Promoting Honesty in Young Children

Don’t you dare lie to me! You can miss out on TV for a whole month! Tell me the truth! Why did you lie! I’ll never trust you again! Where did you get that! These reactions are not likely to help in getting our children to be honest.  There is quite a lot we can […]

28May
2012
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Parenting Tip 4 – Preventing Inappropriate Behaviour of Children

Noticing good behaviour and commenting on it, is far more effective than trying to correct inappropriate behaviour. If we can be more positive with our children and ourselves, we will move closer to a more satisfying relationship. By encouraging our children, we will see them grow in confidence and self-assurance, and they will be motivated […]

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 […]

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 […]

29Oct
2009
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Dealing Successfully with a Toddler and a Baby

A once well-behaved and lovable toddler can become an entirely different child following the birth of a brother or sister. He may become aggressive, un-cooperative, stubborn, clingy, noisy or easily upset. He may even bite his sibling or others, scream excessively or cry a lot. Accepting a new baby takes adjustment and time and the […]

29Jun
2009
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Congenial Mealtimes

4 year old Julie loves to put her hands in her soup and extract the animal pasta. Dimitri , who is 2 years old complains loudly that he doesn’t like the green stuff and pushes it off his plate. Shanae spills her drink and Con won’t sit at the table at meal time. Many parents […]

10May
2009
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‘Cause I said so! – Nagging and Shouting

Your friend is coming over in a couple of hours and you ask your 4 year old daughter to tidy up her room. She is playing with her bead set and ignores you. You ask her again. She says she will tidy it but keeps on playing. You get louder and become more frustrated and […]

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