Category Archives: Positive Parenting

How to support your child’s learning, no the answer isn’t supervising homework.

Do you want to spend your time standing over your child to check homework or would you rather help your child develop the values, skills and knowledge to be independent and self reliant. Some children are born with powerful drive … Continue reading

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Building Better Behaviour Through Positive Play

A child’s play can be something of a mystery to parents. What helps? Should I get involved or keep out of the way? What role does play have in my child’s progress and how can I help not hinder? If … Continue reading

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How to help your child become a confident reader

Reading makes you smarter is the conclusion of a research project which followed 1890 pairs of identical twins from the age of 7 to 16. The research team led by Dr Stuart Richie of Edinburgh University has shown that being … Continue reading

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C is for Confidence, Competence, Choice and Control

Today I’m waiting to hear from the lawyers about my house move. It’s nerve wracking because I have no control now that I have done everything that I can to help things along. I’m an optimist but maybe an impatient … Continue reading

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Do you really want your child to be a genius?

Why oh why does a programme like Child Genius get an audience? It is wrong on so many levels, elitism, a fascination with the eccentric and a guilty pleasure in finding fault with the parents whose greatest wish is that … Continue reading

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G is for Growth Mindset: The A TO Z of a Flourishing Childhood

Introduction. When we give children a great start in life their chances of being happy, confident and successful soar. As a Child Psychologist I’m interested in what works to give each child what they need to flourish. I’ve focused on … Continue reading

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A confident countdown to the new school year.

Whether your child is starting a new school or leaving a favourite teacher behind the changes ahead can create anxiety for some children. Now is a good time to focus on some subtle confidence boosting to make that new start … Continue reading

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Becoming the parents that you want to be, let’s be more creative than handing out vouchers

Being a parent is not something we expect to take up training for, any more than we expect to improve our adult relationships with our partners and friends by attending a workshop. “It doesn’t feel right” is most people’s gut reaction. … Continue reading

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How has your day been?

Our children depend on us for love and protection but spend increasing amounts of time in school and with friends as they get older. We only get  snippets of information about what is going well and what is a struggle. … Continue reading

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