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Camilla shares her insights and parenting wisdom.

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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You do it for me! compassionate parenting confident kids emotionally intelligent kids independent kids Nov 16, 2021

One of my sons was applying for a management training scheme this week.

He likes to ask for our help and support, whereas his brother is much more likely to go it alone.

Kids are all so different aren't they?

I was pretty busy with my own work and he came to me asking me to help with the cover...

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Just go to sleep! Nov 09, 2021

 If you find bedtime is a regular source of a battle, it might be helpful to know that so many parents experience the process of getting their children into bed and then keeping them there throughout the night as a regular nightmare.

For many parents preventing their children from waking...

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Don't take their pain away potty training raising resilient kids Nov 06, 2021

My son Felix took his driving test last Friday.

 He’s a really confident driver and had a lot of practice.

 We’d taken him to the area of the test centre to practice and we felt he was ready.

He got in the car with the instructor and I sent him off with a thumbs up and a...

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Here's one I made earlier.... behaviour management boundaries for kids confident kids dealing with tantrums helping kids with emotions independent kids Nov 06, 2021

In the past I've mentioned that my daughter Scarlett is working as a teaching assistant in her gap year (before starting university).

I love it when she tells me about situations with the children and that she used all the tools and strategies I taught her.

Not only am I so thrilled to know...

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Pressing Pause avoid shouting controlling impulsivity impulse control staying calm Oct 19, 2021

Last Wednesday evening I did my final free masterclass of a series of 3 'The 3 Secrets to Managing Tantrums and Challenging Behaviour'. About 10 minutes into the class my powerpoint presentation totally jammed and I couldn't click on.

My husband – aka my tech department – is usually...

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Was this a huge mistake? helping kids take risks helping kis learn from mistakes independent kids raising confident kids raising resilient kids Sep 14, 2021

You know those weekends when you know you need to get out of the house, but nothing appeals?  

You’re exhausted.  

The kids are whining and squabbling  

And you can’t think of anything you much want to do.  

It was on just one of those Sundays not long after...

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Seriously - can mornings really be magical? harmony at home managing mornings. Sep 06, 2021

Do you consider yourself a morning person?

When my kids were little, all I longed for is a lie in as they frequently woke too early.

Now they are older, I have to drag them out of bed and I wake up much earlier than I used to.

Ironic isn’t it?!

My eldest daughter – she’s...

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Why do they save the bad behaviour for us? emotional outbursts making friends new school year starting school Aug 31, 2021

Do you love change?

I'm great with change when I am in a good emotional state but if I'm feeling at all wobbly, which often happens, then I start to get anxious and difficult to be around.

Not long after Nico, my eldest, had started in reception*, he came out of school in a really foul mood.
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10 top tips for starting school new school year starting kindergarten starting nursery starting pre-school starting school Aug 25, 2021

As summer draws to an end, it is also hard for children to get back into a normal routine and in my experience, it’s good to put things in place in advance of the first day. 

Children don’t think ahead in the way we do so we need to do our best to help them adjust to changes...

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The green eyed monster.... adapting to a new baby sibling jealousy sibling rivalry Aug 17, 2021

Do you ever feel jealous?

It’s not a great feeling is it?

But it is a normal, human feeling.

We need to remember that children's feelings are raw and they are learning to regulate them.

I was working with a client recently who was having such a struggle with her toddler adapting to life...

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What do do when your child says 'NO!' behaviour management boundaries for kids calm parenting following instructions Aug 09, 2021

It’s been a pretty dreary summer here in the UK with a lot of rain.

I don’t know about you but I’m not a fan of rain, especially the quantities we've had.

I remember one summer getting caught in a massive downpour at the playground with my kids and their cousins.

There was...

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