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