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Is Your Child Overweight?

By Elaine Hodgins / April 8, 2021 /

As an overweight child and teen myself, I know only too well the impact that being overweight had on my life – the bullying, the names, the not being able to look cool, being embarrassed on the beach or at the swimming pool… and I could go on. So, What Is Childhood Obesity? Childhood obesity…

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Why Do Children With ADHD Or ADD Tell Lies?

By Elaine Hodgins / April 1, 2021 /

Why do Children with ADHD or ADD tell Lies? We have all experienced our children telling lies, haven’t we? I know I have. My daughter would lie till she was blue in the face and expect me to believe her crazy, outrageous stories! However, all children lie at some stage during their development, at least…

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Sexual Behaviours in Young Children – When to be Worried

By Elaine Hodgins / March 25, 2021 /

Understanding Sexual Behaviours It can be difficult for parents to know when their child’s behaviour is inappropriate or harmful can’t it?  We’ve all heard our little ones make comments like “Why does he have a willy and I don’t?”  or “My mummy has big boobies!” and of course we have all gone through that stage…

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Are you Suffering from Imposter Syndrome?

By Elaine Hodgins / March 18, 2021 /

Do you sometimes feel like a fraud?  People who struggle with imposter Syndrome believe that they don’t deserve their achievements, and they don’t feel that others should hold them in high esteem. They feel that they are not as clever, competent, intellectual or even as kind as others might think. They also think and fear,…

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Five Ways for Stressed Mums to Relax

By Elaine Hodgins / March 11, 2021 /

Anxious? Stressed? You are not alone. Let’s face it most mums in normal times find parenting fairly stressful, but after a year of covid/lockdowns/home-schooling and no social – life, most mums are saying that they are really struggling with their mental health. The big problem is, is that unchecked stress IS dangerous. It CAN kill.…

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Back to School Anxiety after Lockdown

By Elaine Hodgins / March 4, 2021 /

The end of lockdown is in sight and mums and dads everywhere are feeling anxious over how its all going to pan out.  “What if my children have got behind in their school-work? What if they are very anxious when they go back? What if they DO catch Covid 19?” I can hear all those…

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Five Tips to Support Siblings in Special needs Families.

By Elaine Hodgins / February 24, 2021 /

When Gemma Knowles was diagnosed with ADHD, dyspraxia and autism when she was ten years old, there was one thing that she will always remember – the support of her brother, Phillip, then 12 years old. “Phillip used to worry about me “ said Gemma. “When he caught me crying about it all one evening,…

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Could Sensory Processing Disorder explain your Child’s Behaviour?

By Elaine Hodgins / February 17, 2021 /

A mum called me one day and said: “I’ve had it up to here…my 3 year- old daughter is constantly throwing tantrums, she’s clumsy, she screams if her face gets wet when I’m trying to help her get washed and goes crazy if we go into a public bathroom and the hand dryer goes off!…

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Five ways to Raise a Resilient Child

By Elaine Hodgins / February 10, 2021 /

We can’t always protect our children from all the horrid things in life, but there are things we can do to help them face difficulties with a growth mindset – you know that little voice in your mind that says: “Yes, you can do it” rather than “No, you can’t do it”. Resilience and having…

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Anxiety in Older Teens and Adults and How to Manage it in 7 Easy Steps

By Elaine Hodgins / February 3, 2021 /

The word “anxiety” has become as common as many other descriptive feeling type words, hasn’t it? People say to me: “I’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or condition” or “my anxiety is really playing up today – I feel so bad.” But what IS anxiety? Well, the dictionary says it is “unease about something…

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