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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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Pre-Schoolers with Problem Behaviour

By Elaine Hodgins / January 27, 2021 /

How to know when your 3 – 5 year-old needs help! We don’t often think of pre schoolers having problem behaviour do we? We think “Aw she’s just a toddler still – she’ll grow out of it!”  We normally associate difficult children with school age youngsters who are acting out in class, throwing things, and…

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When your Child Refuses to go to School

By Elaine Hodgins / January 20, 2021 /

“I can’t get my child to go to school – please help! He seems genuinely fearful”. This is something that I am hearing more and more from parents these days and I guess it’s not surprising at the moment is it – with all that’s going on with the pandemic and lockdown! We would always…

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Signs that your Child may be Depressed During the Pandemic

By Elaine Hodgins / January 13, 2021 /

As lockdown goes on, one really important thing we should be watching out for in our children, as well as ourselves, is depression. Naturally, we all feel down when our social life is cancelled and the majority of us are trying our best to stay positive and up- beat. But, depression is much more than…

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Resolutions: It’s that time of year again!

By Elaine Hodgins / January 6, 2021 /

I wonder how many of us have said “My new year’s resolution is to lose weight/stop drinking/ stop gambling/ go running every day/ stop smoking? “We all do it, don’t we, even in some small way to try and improve ourselves. So, is it really that important that we do this, year after year? I…

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Losing weight – but is it a losing battle?

By Elaine Hodgins / December 9, 2020 /

If we asked one hundred overweight people this question, I am almost certain that ninety-nine of them would say a big resounding “YES!” Why? Why IS it SO hard to lose weight, maintain it and not feel that you are being deprived of all the nice things in life? The main reason is because it…

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Just Shy, or is Your Child Struggling with Selective Mutism?

By Elaine Hodgins / December 2, 2020 /

Being shy as a child can be so hard, can’t it?  I remember when I was quite young, feeling so anxious about speaking to anyone I didn’t know (even people I DID know) and how everyone used to say to my mum: “Oh isn’t your little girl shy” and then proceed to make me feel…

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Anxiety in Children with Autism

By Elaine Hodgins / November 25, 2020 /

Everyone experiences anxiety at some stage throughout their lives. It is a normal “feeling” and “emotion” just like happiness and sadness, moodiness and anger. Mums who bring their children to my clinic say: “Can you help my child, she’s autistic but she suffers from terrible anxiety and meltdowns.” Constant anxiety can be very distressing for…

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Children’s Anxiety at Christmas

By Elaine Hodgins / November 18, 2020 /

Getting ready for Christmas 2020 with the kids Looking through social media, recently, I came across a post from a young mum who was asking “how many presents do you give your children-or how much do you spend on them?” she went on to say that she wanted to make Christmas “ special” as she,…

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