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Parent your way to Happier Children

Trust yourself A lot of parenting is intuitive and it’s important that you maintain this trust in yourself.  It’ a job that requires you to be constantly adaptive and flexible; and sometimes all you have to depend on is you.   It’s also important to be confident – even when you know you’re winging it.  Remember […]

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Drugs for children – do they work?

The sharp increase in the uptake of medication for children is worrying Dr Chris van Tulleken in his recent series, ‘The Doctor who gave up Drugs’ (shown on BBC1 in June 2018).  He worked out that we are giving British kids three times more medication than we were 40 years ago.  This includes a shocking […]

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Discipline is Good

Discipline, as Dan Siegel (the Neuroscientist) says, is ‘one of the most loving and nurturing things we can do for kids.’ I asked my 15 year old what came to her mind when I said, ‘discipline’ and her response was telling.  ‘It means I need to be taught a lesson but in a bad way’. […]

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How can I stay close to my teenage daughter?

My daughter and I went to see the film, Lady Bird (Cert. 15), this month.  It’s a coming-of-age story of a 17 year old teenage girl and the turbulent relationship she has with her mother.  Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, her working title was Mothers and Daughters – an insight into mother-daughter relationships – […]

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Children should be seen AND heard

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply,” said Steven Covey, the man who wrote The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  This is certainly the case when it comes to many parents (including me).  So what is it that stops us from fulfilling the seemingly […]

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Influence is better than Control

(Previously published in the Eastern Daily Press, 22nd February, 2018) Earlier this month parenting expert Andrea Rippon said there was no such thing as bad behaviour. A reader was not so sure. A Nation of little Emperors? Reader: “I also feel that there is no such thing as a ‘bad’ child. But what about the […]

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Review of Parent Effectiveness Training (PET)

Muddling Through by Leah Larwood Nobody hands you an instruction manual when you become a parent. If you’re lucky, a flurry of well-meaning friends will probably lend you a selection of parenting books, each one containing fascinating yet vastly conflicting advice, leaving you with less answers than you had before. More often than not, most […]

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Parents – this could change your life!

Guest blogger, Kate Blincoe writes … Crying, screaming, biting, whining, throwing food, pulling hair, making a mess, answering back, swearing, screen battles, refusing to do homework or go to bed, taking drugs, not coming home. And that’s just me. Oh yeah, parenting is full of challenges that will push you to your limits and beyond, […]

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