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15Oct
2012
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Parenting Tip 6 : Wholesome Role Models

Our children need positive, wholesome role models to learn from and emulate most of the time. It is important for us to be fully aware of the negative influences that are present in our children’s lives, and the likely impact on them eg. Dishonesty and abuse on TV, violence and vandalism in computer games, sexually […]

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 […]

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 […]

02Jun
2010
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Nurturing all Family Members – Part 1

Wholesome role models Our children need wholesome role models, to learn from, and emulate. Therefore it’s vital that we are fully aware of the influences that are present in their lives, and the likely impact on them. If children spend a lot of time watching TV, playing computer or electronic games during their formative years, […]

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 […]