How to Help Children Settle into School – Parents Article

Has your child started preschool or school (pre-k or kindergarten for those reading in the US!) recently? Or are they about to start? Some children take the transition in their stride and settle in with very few bumps, others do better than you would ever have expected. Some children however really struggle with the transition. Anxiety, sadness, reluctance to leave you, angry behaviour and other other regressions are very common. More than many parents realise I think. These difficult reactions…

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Baby & Child Sleep During Lockdown – Q&A – Parents Article

I thought I would run a little Q&A answering some of the most common sleep questions that have been posed to me over the last couple of weeks while the world is in lockdown, due to Covid-19. Q: My baby will only nap if we are out walkingA: I think the answer to this depends on how old your baby is and how many times per day they need to nap. If you have an older baby who only naps…

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Why You Should Change The Way You Think, To Change the Way Your Child Behaves! – Parents Article

Expectations are the Enemy of Parents. I would say over 90% of the parenting dilemmas posed to me daily have one very simple answer; “you’re expecting too much of them”. Our expectations of child behaviour are totally warped in society today. We just expect too much of kids (and no age or behaviour is immune). We expect them to sleep like adults. We expect them to control their impulses like adults, regulate their emotions like adults, manage their time like…

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Talking to Children About ‘Stranger Danger’ – Parents Article

I’m often asked my opinion of talking to children about interactions with strangers and how I would best approach the topic. It may surprise you that I am really not a fan of the idea. Why? * Most child abductions and abuse occur from somebody known to the child (family members, family friends or professionals known to the child). Warning children about ‘Stranger Danger’ somehow implies that they can implicitly trust all those close to them, when actually these people…

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Talking to Children about Death – Parents Article

Children often become interested in, and preoccupied with, death around the ages of three to five years and parents can really struggle with explaining it to them – the natural instinct is to down play it, so as not to scare them. I am firmly of the belief that we should expose children to death (ie they should attend funerals) and discuss it in a factual, honest way with them. In other cultures death (and birth) are a normal part…

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How to Help Children to Cope with the Death of a Pet – Parents Article

Losing a pet can be a really tough time for children, it is however an incredibly important learning opportunity. For most children, the loss of a pet is their first encounter with death and grief, handling it well can really help for any future bereavements, animal or human. To start with, I suggest that you are quite open with your children about the situation and don’t try to hide what is going to happen  (or already has happened) from them. Spend…

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