What is helicopter parenting?

What are the long term implications of helicopter parenting? Helicopter parenting is a phrase used to describe a parent who hovers over their child’s actions.  They remain close to their child at all times in case they need help or to keep a close eye on them.  It can be linked to anxiety about a …

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Worried your child is being groomed?

It’s a sad fact that there are many adults (male and female) who prey on children and teenagers, sometimes investing large amounts of time to achieve their fantasies (often sexual desire).  Leading child behaviour expert, Richard Daniel Curtis, explains some of the signs that parents need to watch out for and what they can do. …

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The development of the adolescent brain

Why are teenagers so moody? Pre-adolescent brain development In the two or three years leading up to puberty the brain develops millions of new neurons, particularly in the pre-frontal cortex (the area at the front of the brain) and the grey matter surrounding.  Just as with the young child, it is important that these new …

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The development of the brain

Regions of the brain Reptilian Complex Medulla Oblongata – Regulates bodily functions like pulse and breathing rates. Cerebellum – Controls balance and voluntary muscle movement. Pons – Connects both halves of your body to integrate movement like walking, running or swimming. Limbic System (Mammalian Brain) Thalamus – This is the area of the brain that …

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Why do children or teens stab?

There are stories of teen or child stabbings in the news regularly.  Sometimes they appear to be linked to gangs and other times it feels like a lone child, so why does it happen? Why do children carry knives? A knife is a very personal weapon, it’s there for people who will be close to …

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Helping children to understand terrorism and acts of violence

What do you tell children about terrorism and violence Terrorism is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “The unofficial or unauthorised use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.” Terrorist acts have played a major part in world events, increasingly so in more recent years.  Where an attack in Africa may not …

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How do children learn about anger?

Anger is a strong emotion, it’s one of the first ones we experience as a baby when these adults around us don’t understand what we’re asking for.  As we grow other people don’t do what we want them to do or give us what we want and that makes us angry too. This is all …

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How do children learn about guilt?

Guilt is a complex emotion to learn, it requires a set of rules to be known, knowledge of what it means to break them, knowledge of what they should have done and then the ability to put things right.  When it’s explained like that there are a large number of composite steps involved and that’s …

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Why family rules are important

Why should you have family rules Boundaries are important to children.  It’s how they learn a huge number of skills, these vary according to age: As a baby boundaries set the internal regulators that we rely on as adults.  We learn how far our emotions need to go before they get capped (and in turn …

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How to deal with children hitting other children

What makes children hit other children More often than not when I see children hitting other children it’s due to a social need.  For example they are cross with what the other child has said or done.  If this is the case then this is not acceptable and they must apologise. Hitting other children is …

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