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Why do kids run off and what we can do about it behaviour management May 24, 2022

Have you ever had the experience of being around other kids when you realise that your own are just so badly behaved in comparison?

I was once at the playground with a friend who was visiting from America with her two kids.

It felt like hers were so much better behaved than mine.

She said...

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3 easy ways to connect with your kids connecting with your child May 17, 2022

I walked into my teenage daughter’s room yesterday and I was stunned to see how tidy it was.

Now believe me, it hasn’t always been that way and it got me thinking about the parenting long game.

What creates good habits in our kids?

Is it nagging at them to tidy up?

 

Threatening...

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When all the hard work raising kids pays off calm parenting Apr 11, 2022

This week I went on a mini trip to Bristol with my youngest daughter Alice.

I suspect that you aren't yet at the stage where you can take off with one of your children and have a really easy time of it.

I want to let you know that your time will come.

Hold on in there. 

It really is...

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My child just won't listen to me! avoid shouting get a child to listen Mar 23, 2022

Way back in 1999 when I first got help with for parenting with Nico, my unruly toddler, the coach asked:  

“Does he know who’s in charge?”.

My husband and I laughed

“Er, no, he runs rings around us”.

When I said it was time to switch off the TV, he used to...

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Mummy/Daddy what's a war? How do we respond to this question? children's anxiety Mar 11, 2022

I’m sure we’re all acutely aware of the atrocities happening in Ukraine at the moment and feel anxious and despairing. I know that every time I hear a news story of a family fleeing or worse a family being killed, I feel so desperate for everyone there.

News is constant and it is very...

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Is my child being bullied? combat bullying dealing with bullying Mar 06, 2022

A client messaged me this week asking for some help. My private clients (those on one of my premium packages get to email me anytime to ask me question).

Here’s the scenario:

George * came home from nursery and said: "Harry said I’ve got a chicken nose, why did he say that?"

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Did she make a big mistake? easy potty training listening to kids making mistake Feb 25, 2022

My almost 19 year old daughter Scarlett, has been travelling with her friend Libby in South America. She was due to come back home yesterday for a few weeks and then go travelling with another friend - Jemma.

For one reason and another she decided to stay on, meet Jemma somewhere later and Libby...

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I don’t want my child to turn out like me raising a child's self-belief raising confident kids raising resilient kids raising strong kids Feb 15, 2022

‘How do I stop my child turning out like me?'

The nature:nurture debate has been going on a long time hasn’t it? 

Will my child be like me (or his dad) because of genes? 

 I think it's often in our minds, however, we know so much more about the neuroplasticity of the...

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Am I too soft or am I too strict? firm parenting positive boundaries positive discipline positive parenting Feb 01, 2022

Some parents are worried about being too strict and then they feel like they get trampled on.

Others worry they are being too harsh and wind up shouting, but they don’t like the atmosphere that shouting creates at home.

 So today I made a video for you about Positive...

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'Santa I want..' Are your kids all consumed with ‘me, me, me?’ christmas with kids Dec 14, 2021

So many parents are feeling uncomfortable at the moment.

Wanting the joy of Christmas for their kids, but also feeling that it has got out of proportion.

All children seem to want to talk about is what they are going to get.

Feels a tad too materialistic, doesn’t it?

It is unrealistic to...

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Have you been feeling like this? expressing feelings self care self compassion Dec 07, 2021

I don’t know whether it’s the dark evenings (for those of us in the northern hemisphere), the stressful run up to Christmas, or the dreary weather, but I’ve felt a bit ‘off’ the last couple of days.

Have you been feeling that way?

Yesterday I did a live chat in our...

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Why do I feel so guilty at this time of year? festive rituals Nov 30, 2021

There’s often a rising tension for parents at this time of year.

It is totally normal for kids to start thinking about what presents they want for Christmas (or Hanukkah)

 Our kids are surrounded by advertisements showing what they are going to ‘get’ a lot more that...

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