Temper Tantrums and meltdowns! post-image

As a parent, one of the hardest things to deal with is when your child has a temper tantrum. With a 2 or 3-year-old, if you’re lucky, other parents may nod and smile at you and say, ‘Ah the terrible twos’ or ‘Oh yes, I had a threenager too!’ If you’re unlucky you will be around people that haven’t got small children, maybe in a shopping centre or on a bus or train and you will see people staring at you and you will feel very judged.

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Back to School Blues post-image

Does your child not want to go back to school? If so, we have the same problem in our house at the end of every school holiday! I can almost predict the first time my son will say, “I don’t want to go to school tomorrow” the day before school starts and will then repeat on and off for the following 12-24 hours. If your children are also like this it can be quite worrying.

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Non-material rewards post-image

One great problem that many parents face is how to reward their children without facing a huge financial drain in the form of ever more toys, and without adding to their children’s sugar load. While chocolate buttons are fine for potty training, as children grow older it gets harder to think of how to reward them, and yet, no matter how old your child is (or even your partner!) everyone likes praise and rewards.

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Descriptive Praise post-image

You may be someone who has never heard the term ‘descriptive praise’ or perhaps you know something about it but don’t fully get it. I studied descriptive praise as part of a Masters I did about 12 years ago when I used the work of Carol Dweck (the founder of the DP movement) to try and improve the resilience of pupils in my year group at school. At the time, all my friends were having children and I talked to them a lot about the importance of using descriptive praise.

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