How to Help a Shy Child

As a formerly shy child, I understand how hard this can be. I can remember certain adults feeling scary like monsters – they seemed so enormous. Changes or unexpected events could unsettle me too. I remember vividly being about four years old and running away from my Dad. He shaved […]

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What is Positive Discipline? (and how can it help?)

You might be wondering how to raise polite and co-operative children without resorting to threats or punishments? Many of the people I work with had strict upbringings with parents or teachers who used shaming and blaming tactics to control behaviour. Unfortunately strict parenting leaves scars. Often clients are afraid of […]

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The Art of Compassionate Communication

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How we communicate with our children shapes the relationship we have with them… …it also influences their behaviour and approach to communication through out life. Learning kind and effective compassionate communication early on allows it to become part of your child’s character. It has benefits throughout life, potentially helping them […]

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How to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children

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What is Emotional Intelligence and Why Does it Matter? Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to be aware of and communicate our own emotions in addition to having an awareness of and sensitivity to the feelings of others. Humans are by nature social creatures and our success as a species […]

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Anxious Parent – Anxious Child?

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Do the two things go together? Sometimes. Unfortunately anxiety or stress can be contagious. A 2019 study indicated that children of parents with anxiety or depression were significantly more likely to have it. Children are wired to pick up subtle signs of safety or danger from us. If we are […]

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How to Create a Growth Mindset in Your Child

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“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” Carol Dweck. I delivered a talk recently to […]

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