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Teaching values (honesty, saying sorry, being considerate etc) is about building true character. We do so best, when we can lead by example as role-model parents to our children. Which of course is not always easy because we are not perfect but that is the point, that through our mistakes we can teach our children the important lessons of honesty, good morals and saying sorry for our actions.

Teaching values (honesty, saying sorry, being considerate etc) is about building true character. We do so best, when we can lead by example as role-model parents to our children. Which of course is not always easy because we are not perfect but that is the point, that through our mistakes we can teach our children the important lessons of honesty, good morals and saying sorry for our actions.

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Exaggerating is a form of telling Fibs & Lies. The desire to be accepted and liked by our peers is quite natural, the more animated the child is the more creative they can be in their "storytelling". When you find your child starts to exaggerate it will be important to notice and to have discussions that lead to the importance of why it is not generally great to do so and to explain how it is not necessary

Exaggerating is a form of telling Fibs & Lies. The desire to be accepted and liked by our peers is quite natural, the more animated the child is the more creative they can be in their “storytelling”. When you find your child starts to exaggerate it will be important to notice and to have discussions that lead to the importance of why it is not generally great to do so and to explain how it is not necessary

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In my book Toddler Rules there are 3 types = Mock, Situational, Emotional. Dealing with tantrums really begins with understanding what they are and why they occur. In the early years of toddlerhood, we see children as young as 18 months show great displays of physical emotion through sometimes public outrage, for some that maybe just a high pitched scream but for others a complete melt down of legs and arms wailing.

In my book Toddler Rules there are 3 types = Mock, Situational, Emotional. Dealing with tantrums really begins with understanding what they are and why they occur. In the early years of toddlerhood, we see children as young as 18 months show great displays of physical emotion through sometimes public outrage, for some that maybe just a high pitched scream but for others a complete melt down of legs and arms wailing.

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Pretending not to hear or running away is an old trick and is a very quick way for children to demonstrate getting out of doing something they may not particularly want to do or just showing signs of defiance, if not addressed it does get worse and you will find yourself as parent or co-carer that you are constantly repeating yourself and we all know what that feels like...yes very frustrating!

Pretending not to hear or running away is an old trick and is a very quick way for children to demonstrate getting out of doing something they may not particularly want to do or just showing signs of defiance, if not addressed it does get worse and you will find yourself as parent or co-carer that you are constantly repeating yourself and we all know what that feels like…yes very frustrating!

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Hitting, biting, pulling hair - Many parents feel absolutely horrified the first time they see their child show aggression towards another child, or themselves, normally because such behavior becomes a direct reflection on the parents raising of their child and in turn we feel- what are we doing that has our child behaving as such?

Hitting, biting, pulling hair – Many parents feel absolutely horrified the first time they see their child show aggression towards another child, or themselves, normally because such behavior becomes a direct reflection on the parents raising of their child and in turn we feel- what are we doing that has our child behaving as such?

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Are We There Yet? That repetitive chant can seem endless for those parents travelling in the summer months with the children taking long car journeys.The good news is it doesn

Are We There Yet? That repetitive chant can seem endless for those parents travelling in the summer months with the children taking long car journeys.The good news is it doesn’t have to start off all doom and gloom and doesn’t have to end this way either, so with your excited holiday head on here are a few tips to get you through that long car journey without having to leave your head on the hard shoulder!

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Terrorism is the unlawful and threatening use of violence used against a country, state or the public; fueled by religious and political means. This may be the answer you find yourself giving your teenager after much thought, when they simply ask you as a parent ‘what does the media mean when it talks about the word terrorism?’ For every parent, this topic of conversation has become a real reality in the wake of such terrorism around the world.

Terrorism is the unlawful and threatening use of violence used against a country, state or the public; fueled by religious and political means. This may be the answer you find yourself giving your teenager after much thought, when they simply ask you as a parent ‘what does the media mean when it talks about the word terrorism?’ For every parent, this topic of conversation has become a real reality in the wake of such terrorism around the world.

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When children are reading it can have a wonderful calming effect on them. Reading doesn’t just give children a head-start in learning; the ritual of sharing a story and providing special time for parents and carers to build a strong and loving relationship with their children is vital.

When children are reading it can have a wonderful calming effect on them. Reading doesn’t just give children a head-start in learning; the ritual of sharing a story and providing special time for parents and carers to build a strong and loving relationship with their children is vital.

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Homesick is the word that most parents tell me they feel if they have to work away often or for long periods of time if they are in the military. There is no right or wrong or any quick fix to this except to live through it. Obviously allowing yourself to feel a little sad about this is a necessary part of moving forward while living with the circumstances.

Homesick is the word that most parents tell me they feel if they have to work away often or for long periods of time if they are in the military. There is no right or wrong or any quick fix to this except to live through it. Obviously allowing yourself to feel a little sad about this is a necessary part of moving forward while living with the circumstances.

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If you are a parent in a relationship and have become a primary or secondary child carer and guardian for the children you are raising from a previous marriage, then I do believe you have every right as your dutiful obligation to raise these children well. Most parents avoid this conversation as they are fearful of the confrontation it may bring. Allocating time to communicate with your partner helps to strengthen the partnership and resolving these issues leads to better parenting together.

If you are a parent in a relationship and have become a primary or secondary child carer and guardian for the children you are raising from a previous marriage, then I do believe you have every right as your dutiful obligation to raise these children well. Most parents avoid this conversation as they are fearful of the confrontation it may bring. Allocating time to communicate with your partner helps to strengthen the partnership and resolving these issues leads to better parenting together.

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