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How do I deal with poo problems? child won't poo childhood constipation constipated child constipation and withholding holding onto poo poo problems potty refusal refusing to poo on the potty withholding poo won't use a potty Oct 09, 2020

As a potty training consultant, one of the questions I get asked the most from frustrated parents is "why can't I get my child to poo on the potty?'

I was in this position many years ago with my second child and it drove my husband and me to distraction.

We took a very long time to...

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Guess how much I love you? Oct 07, 2020

                              

Do you ever read the book 'Guess how much I love you?' - we used to read it a lot to our kids. It's such a beautiful story.

Kids thrive on predictability and rituals - which is why...

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Getting a meaningful sorry from a reluctant child saying sorry Sep 30, 2020

Have you been in the situation where your child digs their heels in and refuses to say sorry?

This situation is usually worse when it is in front of another parent, a grandparent or worse still a teacher. 

You get a refusal or they say 'sorrreeeee', with no meaning in it at all. This feels...

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I wanted to make him cry guilt and shame Sep 23, 2020

I talked in last week’s blog about the guilt we feel as parents.

What I didn’t mention is the tactic we so often use which is to try to make our kids feel guilt or shame. Wanting to make our kids feel bad for what they’ve done. We even want to make them cry to ensure they've...

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I always feel so guilty mum guilt Sep 16, 2020

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So many parents find themselves consumed by guilt. They often tell me they've felt guilty from pregnancy onwards 'Should I have had the odd glass of wine and soft cheese? Is that why my toddler is so aggressive?'

Do you find the minute you add ‘Should’ you back yourself...

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Helping kids handle mistakes helping kids handle mistakes Sep 08, 2020

When kids make mistakes, we feel so frustrated and usually say something like:

‘I TOLD YOU THIS WOULD HAPPEN!’

‘WHY DON’T YOU LISTEN TO ME?’

‘NOW LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE.  YOU ARE SO XXXX’ (FILL IN THE BLANKS)

So how should we respond?

They have...

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Don't leave me mummy! Sep 02, 2020

Our children have gone through so many changes in the past few months I regularly hear about parents experiencing kids being much more anxious than normal or having unexpected melt-downs and tantrums.

Children are sponges for the world around them. They pick up on everything – the positive...

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10 top tips for Mellow Mornings Sep 02, 2020

So many parents tell me that mornings are one of the most stressful parts of the day.

If you regularly find yourself losing your temper, resorting to threats, bribes, nagging and shouting and want to take some positive steps in the right direction, read on for easy-to-action solutions for mellow...

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I learnt the hard way Aug 04, 2020

As a mother of a baby and toddler I was so determined to get it right and to feel like I could cope. 

I don’t know about you but in my struggle to keep going I was slowly running myself in the ground.

When baby no. 2 was 9 months old, I came down with a vicious bug that knocked me for...

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How to be gentle and also firm Jul 29, 2020

I used to really wrangle with the whole concept that scolding or telling off my kids wasn’t going to help improve behaviour. 

This doesn’t mean to say that we can’t be firm or have boundaries. They really need boundaries. It is just how we deal with misbehaviour that makes...

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The 10 Point Plan to Prepare for Success Jul 21, 2020

Being a parent is the hardest job in the world. That is an absolute fact and it is the only job for which we receive no training.  How mad is that?  One way to help is to have a plan to follow so I hope you like this easy-to-follow 10 steps.

My Parenting Solutions 10 point...

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How to raise a child's self-esteem Jul 15, 2020

 

 

Children are born with different temperaments, some are more robust than others but there is a huge amount we can do to ensure even the most sensitive of kids REALLY believe in themselves.

Here are three great ways to raise your child's self-esteem

So what can we do?

  1. Modelling is...
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