Many of us have had to ask ourselves how to help our children cope with the news of random violence and terrorist attacks. So here are seven tips to help the whole family feel better: 1) Look after yourself first. If you feel upset or scared, take a little time to change your state of mind and…

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I know how frustrating it is when you want your child to do something – or not to do something – and you can’t even get their attention. What you’re saying is falling on deaf ears. You try different ways of saying it, but it seems to make no difference. Your child just zones you…

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  Yes, I really mean it. You don’t need to potty train your child. Not in 3 days; not in 3 weeks; not ever. “How come?” I hear you thinking. “I get that I shouldn’t pressurise my child to be dry. But surely at some point I need to do training?” Nope. Of course your…

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  There’s something paradoxical about picky eating. At the age when children are getting more adventurous and are enjoying exploring new things, when it comes to eating, it’s often just the opposite. Their interest in variety and the new actually shrinks. This is what we call “picky eating”. Are you finding this? As your child…

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Are you the sort of parent who gets inspired by children’s play? You’re drawn in because you enjoy building, story-making and improvising. Or is it that, secretly, toddler games bore you, but you join in – because parents should play with their children? Or you play because your child begs you to play with her? And you’re…

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If a young child hits another child, what should we do? I believe that how we respond when children it is very important. And I talk about the radically loving steps to take in my no cost guide Solve the Struggle with Your Kids, available on my homepage. But in this article I want to…

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If you are celebrating with the wider family this year, here are 9 tips for the big day with small children: 1) Less is more Over the years I have simplified our family Christmas to be more in line with what I can manage with ease. It has become much more enjoyable for everyone because of this. Perhaps there is something…

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Hannah Devlin, science editor of the Times, wrote that “Children are more likely to learn to share if they are encouraged to part with a toy of their own accord rather than being forced to hand it over.”  She was reporting a study published in the Journal of Psychological Science which showed that children of three to five…

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Play is so much more than a pastime. Research shows that play is the medium through which children learn to initiate, create, negotiate and understand the world around them. They develop competence, imagination and knowledge through play – and all this with joy and ease. David Whitebread, senior lecturer in psychology says he has a…

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