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Waking up at 5am makes me a calmer parent

Waking up at 5am makes me a calmer parent

I don’t recall being an early riser when I was younger but I remember all too vividly not enjoying those exhausting bleary-eyes mornings sat, or in my case laid down, on the sofa watching children’s television with my son, who had a habit of woking up the...
Want to be a better parent: begin with your own self

Want to be a better parent: begin with your own self

It’s been a difficult year for me personally, caring for my mother who has dementia whilst going through a difficult divorce, and all the while parenting two teens, with their own unique challenges. What this time has taught me more than anything else is my...
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...

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