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The Power of Talking Sideways to Children

Good family communication is the key to successful parenting at all stages, but it’s not always easy. We all know the advice about getting down to a toddler’s tantrumming level, offering a stroppy six-year-old a non-judgmental ear and giving a tired teenager peace to think and a cup of tea after a tough exam, but [...]

Affection, Not Money, Key to Child Health

Pixabay Images Growing up in a well-off home can benefit a child’s physical health even decades later, but a lack of parent-child warmth, or the presence of abuse, may eliminate the health advantage of a privileged background. Assistant professor of sociology at Baylor University, Matthew A. Andersson, Ph.D., explains: Previous research has associated [...]

The Silly Season With Kids – How To Reduce Stress During The Holidays

Pixabay Images As much as we love the holidays with our kiddos, there are way too many ‘opportunities’ to practice every trick/ bribe/ desperate parenting maneuver clever parenting strategy we know, in order to smooth the edges and make everything, you know, magical. This can bring more than a reasonable amount of stress during the [...]

How Assuming Intentions Can Change Relationships With Children

Pixabay Images Do we react to children’s behaviour, or what we think their intention is behind the behaviour?  Do we have a preconceived notion of what drives children, and could this be impacting upon the way we respond to them? The way we think about children can affect our relationship with them. Our [...]

When To Push Your Children

Pixabay Images We all want what’s best for our children. But our idea of what is best for them might not always jive with theirs. Often parents will give a nudge towards the decision they think is correct, trying to find that delicate balance between encouraging and pushing too hard. But what is pushing [...]

Research Finds Parenting Style Affects Children In Unexpected Ways

Pixabay Images Is your parenting style making your child sick? A growing body of research is finding that the way parents relate to their children affects more than their mental and emotional health. It also has an impact on their physical wellbeing. In a recent study, researchers compared five separate parenting styles. One [...]

Men’s Attitude To Fatherhood Influences Child Behaviour

Pixabay Images Children of confident fathers who embrace parenthood are less likely to show behavioural problems before their teenage years, researchers have found. A new study suggests that a man’s attitudes towards fatherhood soon after his child’s birth, as well as his feelings of security as a father and partner, are more important [...]

Unwrapping The Cotton Wool Kids

Flickr Images When I went to school a few decades ago, myself and my classmates certainly looked different to children the same age today. I don't only mean the unfashionable haircuts or the width of flare on our trousers, but rougher looking. Grubbier, with dirt under our fingernails and probably with more bruises, [...]

Should Children Ban Their Parents From Social Media?

Thinkstock Images Parents from Shanghai to Chicago are proudly putting pictures of their children on social media. It might be taken for granted - but no previous generation of children will have had the experience of having their entire childhoods intensively and publicly documented in this way. Stories about online privacy are often [...]

Practical Tips For Parents To Support Their Child During Exams

Pixabay Images There's a dirty little secret about the year 12 exams, a secret only those who've lived through them know. It goes something like this: they don't define you, and they certainly don't define the life that's waiting for you afterwards. The subtle culture pressures that exists around this time not only [...]