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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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10 secrets for successful travel with kids family holiday travel with kids vacations with children vacations with kids Aug 03, 2021

We were once returning from a trip to Italy many years ago when we just had the two boys.

Felix was 2 and Nico was 4 .

Felix had missed his nap and the flight was delayed so we were fairly doomed from the get-go!

He wouldn’t eat any of the food at the airport and by the time we go on the plane he...

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Are you having a laugh...? Jul 27, 2021

 

Sometimes it is just worth having a laugh with your kids.

 I think a lot about parenting – well I guess I would as it is my work – and as I’m around my kids a lot (yes, all four still living at home) I am constantly evaluating and testing what works best. ...

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He threw an apple at Granny's head behaviour management helping kids cope with strong emotions summer camps Jul 20, 2021

At this time of year, quite a few parents are sending their kids to summer activity camps. If you are lucky enough to get away on holiday, there might be a kids' club there.

Some children skip off happily and others are a lot more reluctant.

When my eldest son Nico was 5, I signed him up for...

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I felt so embarassed Jul 13, 2021

Scarlett, aged 4, looked at me and threw the cup of water on the floor.

Then my mother in law said

‘You are a very naughty girl’

And Scarlett replied

‘I don’t care. I don’t like you anyway, why are you here?’ 

Oh dear… who has had that? That...

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I was in a such a bad mood how to get kids to listen to us. how to talk respectfully to kids. how to manage anger Jul 06, 2021

I was really irritated a couple of days ago. I’d had a spat with my husband and I was feeling so annoyed with him.

It is a pretty rare couple that doesn’t argue but boy is it hard when you do, isn't it?

Anyway, where was I?

Oh yes. SO I was really preoccupied by this argument and...

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