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Helping Your Child Manage Exam Stress

Claire’s Top Tips                                             EXAM STRESS Examination stress can hit even the best prepared young person and affect how they cope with tests and their everyday lives. In a recent survey Child Line found that 96% of young people are anxious about exams and revision. Many young people need extra sensitivity and support during exam times. Here are some tips to help you and your child manage exam stress. Top Tip 1 Do find the right balance between being supportive and fussing. Ask your child how much they want you to show your interest and when to leave them to get on with … Continue reading

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New Years Parenting Resolutions

Claire’s Top Tips                                        New Years Parenting Resolutions Try a new twist to your 2013 New Years’ resolutions by making them all about how you raise your children. Here are some ideas for parenting resolutions, try these or think up your own. Top Tip One Resolve to play more. Caring for children gives you a great excuse to be childlike and playful yourself. Try joining in their finger painting, chasing round the park, playing at the pool or making messy food together in the kitchen. You’ll enjoy letting loose and your children will love it that you’re taking part. Top Tip … Continue reading

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Talking With Children About Traumatic Events – Claire’s Thoughts

  The terrible acts against children in a Connecticut school this December are the subject of discussion and worry for adults and children alike. For parents there is the immediate concern about how much to let children see and hear of this attack within a school and how to explain, in an age appropriate way, why this happened and reassure children of their safety. Many children of Primary School age will be aware of the attack, through overhearing adult conversation, listening to the radio or seeing TV reports. Even if they are not openly asking you about it they may have many questions … Continue reading

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Family traditions in the festive season

This time of years seems positively filled with celebrations and gift giving. With Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year there are many opportunities for families to get together to share their beliefs, spend quality time together and to create strong memories and family traditions. Alongside the religious significance of this time of year, research suggests that a sense of belonging, building up positive memories and bringing people together are important functions of festivities. How do you create a festive atmosphere in your home? Try these ideas to build on your family traditions: Top Tip 1 Down memory lane First of all … Continue reading

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Christmas Present Pestering

Christmas is drawing nearer and your child’s Christmas lists are probably growing longer and longer by the day. No one wants to disappoint their child, but for the vast majority of parents it is not possible to meet all the demands of that Christmas present list. It is also more helpful to your child if they are taught that some of their wants can be met but other things must wait. Learning to delay getting what you want is a good lesson for any child as many goals in life must be worked for and come at the end of … Continue reading

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Festive pester power

Your children’s gift lists have been written and you may be looking on with dread at all the toys you’re being asked to buy in the festive season. Then there’s the cry of “I want that!” as TV advertising makes it’s mark, research and our own experience tells us the more TV your child watches the more likely they are to ask for toys they’ve seen advertised. Many parents are faced with a dilemma about what to buy to keep children happy but not break the bank, often this is made worse when gifts are opened and the expensive present … Continue reading

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DING DONG avoid festive season family feuds

The festive season should be just that, families getting together, sharing meals, giving gifts and reconnecting. Unfortunately it can also be a season of family disagreements as relatives who would usually spend little time together are expected to attend family gatherings and get along for hours on end. Not to mention the effect of alcohol as a catalyst for being outspoken and taking things to extremes that might otherwise be avoided. Try these top tips to keep festive gatherings full of harmony. Top Tip 1 Preventing rows When family members don’t get on you may dread celebrations. You could try … Continue reading

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10 ways to stress-free festivities

The holiday season is a special time of year for families, whatever festivities you celebrate, here are some simple tips to help maintain the magic, written by Claire Halsey, author and parenting expert Top Tip 1 Shop and drop Don’t shop `til you drop. Order groceries and gifts online and have them delivered – or if you don’t have the internet at home, avoid the crowds by shopping at less busy times. Top Tip 2 Resist fads Spend wisely. How often have you stretched your budget to buy the latest `must have’ toy, only to find your child playing with … Continue reading

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