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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 each parenting style, the parenting practices will differ. For example, each family will have different rules, but their parenting style will influence the way they interact with the child about ...
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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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How to talk to your child about terrorism

How to talk to your child about terrorism

March 20, 2019
Parent Help joins with all New Zealanders who have condemned the horrific violence on Friday 15th March at the two mosques in Christchurch. To our Muslim communities, especially the families who have lost loved ones, and to those who endured the ...
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Parenting Young People in a Digital Age

Parenting Young People in a Digital Age

January 29, 2019
One of the biggest and most complicated challenges that parents face as their children grow in today’s world seems to be related to spending time online – surfing the net or on social media sites. Having almost constant access to ...
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Ways to Handle Toddler Tantrums

Ways to Handle Toddler Tantrums

January 14, 2019
There is a reason that you’ll often hear people talking about “the terrible twos” and “three-nagers”; parenting toddlers is hard work! One of the biggest challenges for parents is dealing with the tantrums and meltdowns that are commonplace during this ...
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Parenting after separation

Parenting after separation

December 4, 2018
In the midst of the stress of ending a relationship, couples with children face the extra pressure of making decisions about how they will parent after separation. This can be a very difficult time for families. We know from the calls ...
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Anger and aggression in children

Anger and aggression in children

November 12, 2018
Anger and emotional outbursts during childhood are normal, and if met with appropriate boundaries and expectations from the caregiver, the child will eventually learn to manage these difficult emotions. This article covers some of the key questions to ask if you ...
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Challenging teenagers - how to deal with them

Challenging teenagers – how to deal with them

October 29, 2018
For many parents, the teenage years present the greatest challenges. They feel lost and overwhelmed by how reckless, rude and uncooperative their child has become. Why won’t they listen? Why are they so irresponsible? What makes them so irrational? They often ...
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Time In - Guide your child's behaviour

Time In – Guide your child’s behaviour

October 22, 2018
Time In is a parenting strategy that empowers children to learn to self-soothe and how to work things out for themselves. It involves keeping the child near you, helping them to calm down, and teaching them how to stop and reflect. It ...
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