The 4 things every parent needs to consider before posting pictures of their child

Avoiding early sexualisation of children   The modern world is full of threats for our children, it’s a very stressful time to be raising our children.  One of the biggest headaches for parents and carers is the advent of social media.  Be it Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter, you can communicate with people all over …

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5 Things that Step Parents Need to Do

 “I know I have a daddy, but can I call you daddy?” Being a step-parent is a fantastic experience, one of the best in the world and one of the worst all at the same time, you feel like you are intruding and stepping on someone else’s toes at the same time as trying to …

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4 Steps for Helping Children to Overcome Difficulties and Problem Solve

Helping children overcome grief, separation, trauma or loss There are many things in life that threaten our inner secure self, this potentially includes things like divorce, grief, witnessing traumatic events or deaths, loss, theft, attacks to name but a few…  As adults we recognise these things and learn to re-establish our own inner wellbeing to …

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Telling a child you are divorcing or separating

The 7 Steps to Managing the Conversation About Divorce and Separation   This is a conversation that is normally best if both you and your ex are present.  Take the time to break the news early in the conversation so that you are spending much of the time concentrating on what will happen in the …

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Supporting children through divorce and separation

Managing the separation of a family Making the decision to separate is not easy and it can take couples many years to reach that point.  Splitting up a family is tough and when young children are involved it can be traumatic at times, especially if the separation is not amicable.  Nowadays parental separation handled well …

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How do children learn to play?

Want a popular child?  Get on the floor and play with your child   We want to raise our children to be social experts, to know how to make friends and build strong and lasting relationships.  We want our children to be liked and popular, have fun at school and not make lots of enemies, …

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Helping children overcome obstacles

Helping your child to choose their attitude The way we respond to children and interact with them early in the day is important.  It sets them in the right direction for the rest of the day and helps them to overcome the hurdles life throws at them throughout the day.   I recently listened to …

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Why do we smile?

How do babies learn to smile? What makes us smile?   A smile is a powerful thing, but we are not born with the ability to smile.  During the first few months of our lives we experiment with moving the muscles in our face and pull thousands of different facial expressions, so why do we …

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Helping children overcome a natural disaster

Flooding, earthquakes, volcano or hurricanes and children Natural disasters are scary, very often they come out of the blue and we as adults are not prepared for them, let alone our children.  Very often our homes or our schools are affected and our family way of life changes overnight. How do you tell children about natural …

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