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Giveaway and Book Discount

          This competition and discount offer are now finished. The draw for the handmade chocolates and bone carving will be carried out tomorrow and the winner announced here. Many thanks to all who have supported me … Continue reading

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Home Menus: Unexpected Benefits for Parents of Fussy Eaters

People who read this, and know my lovely husband Craig, will know what I mean when I say he’s more relaxed than a sofa. He has a classic Tortoise temperament – solid, salt-of-the-earth and he never sweats the small stuff. … Continue reading

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Parents: Listening *is* Connecting Part Two – Pre-Verbal Children

Parents often don’t think about the need to ‘listen’ to their pre-verbal children. They can’t talk after all! And even the ‘experts’ often don’t understand the dynamics of the communication which takes place between pre-verbal kids and those around them. … Continue reading

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Tantrums: Different Kinds need different Strategies

Both Margot Sunderland (The Science of Parenting) and Diane Levy (Of Course I Love You…NOW GO TO YOUR ROOM!) and probably lots of other people too, have identified that there are two different kinds of tantrums. The first sort identified … Continue reading

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Can Your Kids Accept Help? Can You?

One of the key indicators of people who are constantly breathing-in (Breathing In and Out: One Idea for Avoiding Burn Out), is their inability to accept help. Often they are the first people to put their hand-up when someone else needs something done, … Continue reading

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Electronics and Children – Part Last?

On Tuesday morning, at the bus-stop, another Mum and I were discussing the effects of tv etc on children. Many people don’t want to hear it, but she and I agreed – unless a parent has compared the difference between their children without (for at least … Continue reading

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Signs of Great Parenting: Pre-School to Age Six

It can be difficult to really know how our parenting is going. There are many children who seem to be fine when they are young but then go off the rails, and others who seem rather childish and end up being more mature … Continue reading

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Autobiography: Why you need to have one.

Not all parents, who wish the best for their children, manage to be the parents they want to be. Hindsight is often 20/20 and it can be hard to look at the consequences of our parenting and say… “I wish I … Continue reading

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When Children Lie

Children tell lies. Sometimes they tell them in an attempt to get something they want; sometimes it’s an attempt to boost their sense of self. Most often they tell them to avoid getting into trouble. But they lie not just as an attempt to avoid … Continue reading

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Overwhelmed Children and Power Struggles

Overwhelmed children are revolting, and the last thing parents want to be dealing with at this time of year. Each temperament displays their overwhelmed state in a different way, and that makes parenting a family of overwhelmed children all the more difficult. After … Continue reading

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