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Emotion Coaching: helping children to understand and manage powerful feelings

Children’s behaviour is often problematic because they are trying to solve a problem of their own. Learning to understand your emotions and identify your needs takes time and often a child’s solution is both impulsive and centered on their own … Continue reading

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Happy holiday checklist

Let’s be positive, although it hasn’t been the greatest start to the Easter break weather-wise there is still something special about having a 2 week break. This is a time away from formal learning to let children relax and try … Continue reading

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Creating a happy, secure and empowering childhood: 5 wishes for 2015

The turn of the year is traditionally a time for reflection and for considering self-improvement. Instead I have been thinking about what would make the biggest difference for children in our care. I wish you all a happy and fulfilling … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Stress Spoil your family’s Christmas.

Christmas is a magical time of year but it can also be rather stressful. Modern life is fast and highly stimulating, we are bombarded by information and are tempted by endless opportunities which create increasingly high expectations of what we … Continue reading

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Have a Magical Christmas without Guilt.

Christmas Myths and Magic Do you believe in Father Christmas? Will he be coming down your chimney while his reindeer hover overhead? Is his sleigh full of toys going to the next house which has good boys and girls tucked … 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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What Children Need to be Happy, Confident and Successful

I am grateful for this review from Chris Chesterman at Quest Psychology which has recently been published on his website. This book by Jeni Hooper, an educational psychologist, is an important work for anyone – parents, teachers, children’s professionals etc. – who … Continue reading

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The importance of play and why children need more of it.

Play is like sleep, it is vital but extremely under rated by our too busy, achievement seeking world. Both seem like an option, rather than a necessity, that can be pushed way down the priority list. Yes it would be … Continue reading

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Playing to Learn: 10 reasons why play is vital to healthy development.

Children at play are not playing about. Their games should be seen as their most serious minded activity” Michel de Montaigne 16th century writer Children learn through play, but equally importantly, play teaches children how to learn. There is wide … Continue reading

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