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Separation anxiety in children - how to help?

Separation anxiety in children – how to help?

July 14, 2021
Does your child find it hard to say ‘goodbye’ or have meltdowns when it is the time for you to go? Are they fearful of you leaving them alone?  They may be experiencing separation anxiety. Children with separation anxiety show: Excessive distress when separated from home or caregivers, Clinginess to parents Refusing to go to sleep without their parent(s)/caregiver(s) Resisting going to camp or school Persistently fearing being alone Having nightmares about separation from home or parents/caregivers Repeating physical ...
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Avoiding toddler tantrums

Avoiding toddler tantrums

April 6, 2021
Meltdowns are common among toddlers – feeling intense emotions like fear and anger can be overwhelming. Without the words and strategies to express them, toddlers often respond with tantrums to help manage their feelings. There are great strategies that parents can ...
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Dealing with toddler tantrums

Dealing with toddler tantrums

March 26, 2021
What is a tantrum?   A toddler meltdown is a child’s way of communicating when they don’t yet have the words and skills to manage their own feelings. Tantrums are a normal part of development and most children have them. Children who ...
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My 8 year old keeps exploding with anger - tips to deal with aggression in kids

My 8 year old keeps exploding with anger – tips to deal with aggression in kids

March 11, 2021
  In this article we will guide you how to deal with angry outbursts and prevent them from happening in the future. Angry outbursts are developmentally normal up until age seven or eight, although if a child has recently begun behaving differently, ...
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5 tips for when teens have a difficult attitude

5 tips for when teens have a difficult attitude

February 19, 2021
When our child moves into the teenage years, it often means a change in attitude. The simplest of requests met with rudeness and an atmosphere that is tense and negative. It’s like a stranger who dislikes us has been forced ...
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Covid-19 - How to support your children

Covid-19 – How to support your children

March 31, 2020
There is a great deal of worry and concern being expressed about the Covid-19 Virus and the impact it is having on our usual routines and lifestyles. While this can be challenging there is also a great opportunity to show our children how to stay steady and calm ...
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Helping our children be motivated

Helping our children be motivated

February 17, 2020
It can often feel like our job as parents is to motivate our children to do well at school and home. This can lead to a focus on rewards and punishments. However, research on motivation is very clear that the ...
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Do you know your Parenting Style?

November 25, 2019
Research by Diana Baumrind, a development psychologist, showed that parents fall into four main categories or styles: Permissive, Authoritative, Uninvolved and Authoritarian. This refers to the overall climate in which they raise their children, rather than the actions they take. So, with-in ...
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What is attachment parenting and why is it important?

What is attachment parenting and why is it important?

November 4, 2019
Attachment parenting is about the quality of the relationship between the caregiver and the child. It is a measure of the child’s connection to an adult caregiver and is formed when the child is young. Attachment research has shown how important ...
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Wellbeing tips for parents

Wellbeing tips for parents

September 10, 2019
As parents, we need to look after our own wellbeing. Often, we want to believe that we are superheroes and can keep on top of everything.  But we all know that is far from the truth and that there are ...
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Positive parenting tips for happier families

Positive parenting tips for happier families

April 9, 2019
The term “positive parenting” is everywhere and has become increasingly popular over the years. But what does it really mean? We know from the calls we get that many parents feel confused and disempowered by the contradictory information out there. ...
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