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How to Survive the Christmas Holidays with Youngsters

By Elaine Hodgins / November 27, 2019 /

We all know that the Christmas holidays are supposed to be an exciting time for families to get together and celebrate. Whether you are religious or not – you can enjoy a festive time of eating, drinking, and being merry! But for some families, the Christmas holidays can be extremely stressful. The kids break up…

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My son will not go to bed – my husband and I are at our wits end!

By Elaine Hodgins / November 20, 2019 /

If anyone ever asks me: “What is the most common problem that you regularly treat with children?” apart from eating disorders, I would have to say it is SLEEPING! Several times a week I get calls from mums or dads, saying “Please can you help us – we are desperate – my child won’t go…

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Case Study: PTSD and Hypnotherapy Sessions

By Elaine Hodgins / November 7, 2019 /

I thought, for a change, I would write my blog in the form of a case study, so that you can see how I work with youngsters and their parents. Names have been changed to protect my client’s privacy. We’ll be having a look at the case of Jane Smith, 14 years old – presented…

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Teaching your children about boundaries and empathy

By Elaine Hodgins / November 4, 2019 /

For many mums and dads, setting boundaries for their young child’s behaviour is just a normal part of bringing up the child. No hitting. No swearing. Don’t interrupt when mummy is talking. We don’t snatch things from other children. However, as the child gets older, and social interaction gets more complicated, it’s not enough to…

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Are You a Helicopter Parent?

By Elaine Hodgins / October 24, 2019 /

Isn’t it strange how we always say: “I will never be one of those mums who hovers around their child the whole time and doesn’t allow them to grow up” and yet what do we do? We find ourselves “hovering” at every opportunity! I remember once being in the park with my little girl –…

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If stopping smoking was easy, would you do it now – today?

By Elaine Hodgins / October 9, 2019 /

Most smokers will say YES to this! I know there is a part of you that does want to quit – even though you may say “I love smoking – I could never give up!” Everyone has that fear that one day they will be sat opposite the consultant and he says to them: “I’m…

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Are Clowns Funny or just plain scary?

By Elaine Hodgins / October 4, 2019 /

Halloween is upon us… In just a few weeks time Halloween will once again be upon us and kids all over the country will be dressing up as ghouls and ghosts, skeletons and clowns etc. For most children – little ones as well as teenagers, Halloween is a fun time – they can go out…

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Helping children to cope with grief

By Elaine Hodgins / September 25, 2019 /

Children may watch cartoons and TV programmes where someone dies or an animal is eaten by a big sabre tooth tiger, but for a child to experience a bereavement first hand, is a different matter entirely. It can be very confusing for the child, and of course, as a parent we are eager to make…

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How do I know if my child is just being picky or has a food disorder?

By Elaine Hodgins / September 16, 2019 /

How do I know if my child is just being picky or has a food disorder? Children who are simply picky eaters will be “choosy” about their food – they will like one thing one day – then not like it the next but may go back to it from time to time. A picky…

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Why is my teenager so difficult?

By Elaine Hodgins / September 4, 2019 /

Every week in my hypnotherapy clinics I see around 5-10 teenagers with various behavioural problems. Mum’s or dad’s call me and say: “He’s so self -centred we can’t cope with him anymore!” or “She stays in her room all day, says nothing, does nothing, what IS WRONG with her?” My answer is usually “Nothing –…

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