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Smacking – lets have a heated debate!

Smacking is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as to: “Strike (someone or something), typically with the palm of the hand and as a punishment.” 1 I have, in the course of my parenting and professional life, spent much time debating the age old argument of ‘to smack, or not to smack’. It is a […]

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The Fun of Toilet Training

This is a necessary but often dreaded stage of your child’s development. The first step is knowing when the time is right. This can be really hard to know as there is no set age so you have to go with when your child is ready. In an ideal world, your child would pull you […]

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Liar Liar

Lying hurts! As parents we want to know that our children are honest and we can trust them. For many parents, realising that their child lies, causes dismay, anger and often deep concern. However, we all lie at some time, in one way or another, so we should not be surprised that our children do […]

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The Importance of Resilience

What is resilience? It’s the ability to manage the inevitable challenges we all experience throughout our lives such as sudden change, loss, trauma, threat and stress. It enables us to cope with the knocks of life and recover quickly from adversity. . Every child is different – some children seem to come with a built […]

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Three Little Words… “I HATE YOU!!” – Why does it hurt so much? Why does it evoke such strong emotions and feel so personal? It’s just a short little phrase, but it can have such a devastating effect, hold so much power and have the ability to stop a parent in their tracks. Where have […]