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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]