Jo's Editorial

Rituals create good sleeping habits. So when you follow through and are consistent with a bedtime routine, it means that the whole family have better quality sleep. However, with the tweens and teenagers it can become a little bit more sporadic, as this can be a time when there are emotional concerns such as: peer pressure, overcoming academic hurdles, friendships, and a general sense of finding out who you are and what you like and how you fit in and belong.

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As a step parent we want acceptance; we want to build our relationship with our additional family. Sometimes that doesn’t always work on our timing. Depending on the kids’ age, it can certainly take a bit longer than what we thought, but you get what you put in.

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Mealtimes are supposed to be a social family get together. With families running different schedules and kids running in and out of different activities daily, the odds of coming together for family mealtimes seems to be becoming more challenging for families.

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Every child and every adult at some stage goes through phases of anxiety but, when it turns into a disorder that has an impact on the way that person chooses to live their daily life then that’s when we need to reach out for help. The good news is anxiety as well as depression is treatable.

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Most parents find sleep-training challenging. Not because the techniques are difficult but purely because they are required to be done at the end of a day, when you are physically, and emotionally spent, when a child is exhausted and ready for bed, and when patience is no longer in abundance.

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