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Give Your Child The Gift Of Resilience

By Elaine Hodgins / September 23, 2020 /

Helping your child to build resilience helps their character, their success at school, helps them to want to take on new challenges, and encourages them to have a more positive approach to life in general. Resilience, in learning, helps children to persevere through difficult tasks and also allows them to take the risk of making…

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Tantrums and Meltdowns – but the child is not a toddler! (DMDD)

By Elaine Hodgins / September 16, 2020 /

We all know that tantrums and meltdowns are a normal development in children’s behaviour. However, we don’t expect our children to be having them at 8, 9, 10 years old or, more do we? So, what causes this sort of behaviour? It can be a sign of DMDD (Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder.) It basically means…

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How to help your child when they are being hard on themselves

By Elaine Hodgins / September 9, 2020 /

As parents we often hear our children talking about themselves in a negative way, for example: “I’m stupid, I can’t do anything right, No one likes me, everyone hates me, I’m ugly/fat/skinny/spotty!” Some of the time these are just throwaway phrases or just the child wanting re-assurance that he’s actually ok. In other words, they…

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Sometimes it’s NOT Anxiety!

By Elaine Hodgins / September 2, 2020 /

Anxiety comes in many forms. If I said to you: “in your own words – what is anxiety?” would you be able to give me an answer? And would it be similar to what others have described it as? The answer is NO! The reason for this is because anxiety is a FEELING. We all…

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ANOREXIA NERVOSA – Going to University or College can be a Trigger

By Elaine Hodgins / August 26, 2020 /

Most parents fear the word “Anorexia”, as most of us know that it is a serious mental health condition which, if not taken seriously, can have fatal consequences. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of the food related mental illnesses. As a clinical hypnotherapist and child behavioural specialist I have been treating children, teens and…

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My Child Seems so SAD – How Can I Help Him?

By Elaine Hodgins / August 19, 2020 /

As parents, we never want our children to be sad, or at least to stay sad for long, do we? The thing is, it is just as necessary for us to validate their pain or sadness, just as it is to acknowledge their success or happiness. Being their rescuer every time they feel sad is…

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“Help, My 6 year- old holds his stools and soils his pants constantly.”

By Elaine Hodgins / August 13, 2020 /

What is it? Encorpresis, or soiling/stool holding is a children’s anxiety/toileting disorder that many children struggle with from as young as four years old, and CAN suffer with it right up to their teen years, if not treated. Some children suffer from constipation, and of course it makes them feel uncomfortable and may even hurt…

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Managing Your Own and Your Child’s Anxiety During Re-Opening of Everything After Lockdown

By Elaine Hodgins / August 6, 2020 /

A World of Worry! As the various countries all around the world starts to re-open after months of lockdown, every family is facing difficult decisions about how to cope. Is it safe? Can we start visiting family members? Can our teens be trusted to take care when socialising with their mates? Then of course there…

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Problem Behaviour In Children And How To Deal With It

By Elaine Hodgins / July 29, 2020 /

Every day in my children’s hypnotherapy clinics, I am asked about behavioural problems. When a child is struggling with their behaviour it can have a really bad effect on the whole family. Mum’s and Dad’s know they have to respond, but very often, they have no idea which is the best way of dealing with…

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Helping your Child to Stop the Negative Thoughts

By Elaine Hodgins / July 22, 2020 /

What do negative thoughts look like in children? I remember my daughter coming home one day and saying something like “Oh Mum! I am SO RUBBISH! I can’t do anything right – everything I do goes wrong, and I hate myself!” I’m sure all you mum’s and dad’s out there have heard your youngsters state…

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