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Talking to kids about emotions is important

October 14, 2019

Pop culture parenting styles like “Helicopter” and “Snowplow” have received a lot of recent media attention. Such coverage tends to overlook the findings of decades of parenting research. Much of this research traces back to Diana Baumrind’s pioneering work in the 1960s. This identified the connection between parents who exercised control, were communicative and nurturing […]

 
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How to identify early signs of eating disorder in your kids?

September 24, 2019

Eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorders affect a large population between the ages of 14 to 30. Body images issues, instances of shaming and bullying on social media can drive people to problems and even impact their mental health. However, what many don’t realize is that the disorder stems from adolescence, just when kids […]

 
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How to win back your kids?

September 18, 2019

Many parents may be troubled by the angry out-bursts by their kids. This is exactly what happened to the author Gabor Mate. When Gabor Maté’s eldest son was eight, his angry outbursts troubled his parents so much that they took him to see the renowned developmental psychologist, Gordon Neufeld. He talked to Maté and his […]

 
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Being in the moment and enjoying parenthood

September 13, 2019

Could we go down in history as the generation that forgot to enjoy our kids? It’s a shocking indictment, but the evidence is mounting: recent research found that parents become happier when their children have left home, while another study earlier this year found that working mothers with two children are 40% more stressed than […]

 
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6 ways to raise a resilient child

September 9, 2019

Helping our children navigate the stresses and strains of daily life is more important than ever. Recent figures show a worrying rise in young people’s mental health problems; sadly, my experience as a GP confirms this. One in eight children aged between five and 19 in England has a diagnosable mental health condition; the prevalence […]

 
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Rough-and Tumble play with dads- The Benefits

September 7, 2019

Play is an important way for children to learn about the world around them. Through play, they learn cultural norms, socialisation guidelines and experiment with different ways to interact with their environment. But play between a father and their child or children can offer a different type of play. It’s often boisterous, physical and competitive, […]

 
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Teaching kids to be safe online.

August 28, 2019

Many teenagers use mobile phones and social media almost constantly. And children are gaining access to these devices and platforms at increasingly younger ages. This is a challenge for parents who need to keep up with their children’s use, the evolution of devices, and how this changes how they have to parent. Studies show parents […]

 
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Grudges come naturally to kids – gratitude must be taught

August 8, 2019

Have you heard this tale? In ancient times, an escaped slave hid in a cave only to encounter a wounded lion. Although afraid, the man helps the lion, removing a thorn from its paw. The lion is forever grateful, shares his food with the man and, eventually, saves his life. If this millennia-old fable sounds […]

 
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How To Teach Children That Failure Is The Secret To Success

August 3, 2019

Is failure a positive opportunity to learn and grow, or is it a negative experience that hinders success? How parents answer that question has a big influence on how much children think they can improve their intelligence through hard work, a study says. “Parents are a really critical force in child development when you think […]

 
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‘Dirt Is Good’: Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

July 17, 2019

As a new parent, Jack Gilbert got a lot of different advice on how to properly look after his child: when to give him antibiotics or how often he should sterilize his pacifier, for example. After the birth of his second child, Gilbert, a scientist who studies microbial ecosystems at the University of Chicago, decided […]

 
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