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Supporting children’s obsessive behaviour

Supporting children’s obsessive behaviour

We all have our own ways of wanting things done; I’m obsessed with symmetry and no-one is allowed to pack the dishwasher but me! However, if your child is showing patterns of obsessive behaviour which  seem to dictate their day, take a great deal of time, or...
Should I be worried about my child’s mental health?

Should I be worried about my child’s mental health?

There has been a great deal of focus on children’s mental health in recent years with statistics now showing one in four children will experience a significant mental health challenge before the age of sixteen years. With these stark statistics as a background it can...
When things don’t go to plan..

When things don’t go to plan..

It’s the season of exam results and my son will be amongst the thousands of students who will be receiving their GCSE results tomorrow. Talk about pressure! There is nothing more testing of a teen’s resilience than receiving a set of exam results which...
Play: A Child’s Work

Play: A Child’s Work

At my parenting seminars I am often asked about how much time school-aged children should have to play each day.  The common issue seems to be afterschool activities and homework leave very little time for anything else.  My answer is always the same… I believe play...
Supporting children with anxiety

Supporting children with anxiety

Parenting a child with anxiety can sometimes feel as though you are walking a high wire; any movement which upsets the balance could result in catastrophe. It can often be difficult to determine what is your child’s behaviour, and needs to be dealt with...

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