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Will Corona Virus and the Lockdown have a Lasting Impact on my Child’s Mental Health?

By Elaine Hodgins / May 27, 2020 /

Maisie who is 5 years old said “Mummy I’ve stopped wetting the bed now so can I please go back to school and see all my friends? I’m really missing them!” Maisie’s mum was shocked with her daughter’s remark. She hadn’t realised that Maisie had thought she was being made to stay home because she…

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“Being addicted to painkillers almost ruined my life!”

By Elaine Hodgins / May 20, 2020 /

A couple of months ago, a middle – aged lady called me and asked me if I would help her with her addiction. “What are you addicted to?” I asked, expecting her to say cocaine, alcohol, or even shopping! “I’m addicted to codeine” she said. “I was given it two years ago for a condition…

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Back to School Anxiety

By Elaine Hodgins / May 13, 2020 /

Understanding back to school anxiety Going back to school after any holiday: summer, Easter, half term etc is bad enough for any child but going back to school after having to stay at home, under lock down for several weeks is going to be pretty tough, even for the toughest of our children. One mum…

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Help Your Child to Cope with Grief and Bereavement

By Elaine Hodgins / May 6, 2020 /

This week, sadly, I have had to help a child with the grief of losing her beloved Grandpa. He wasn’t that old, only 72, but contracting the Covid 19 virus on top of his emphysema meant that his lungs were seriously compromised. *Lucy (name changed for privacy) is nine years old. She doesn’t understand that…

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Headstart to a Healthier Lifestyle!

By Elaine Hodgins / April 30, 2020 /

The reason I have called my new hypnotic weight loss programme: “Head-Start to a Healthier Lifestyle” is that initially all the thoughts about food do come from our HEAD don’t they! Whenever you talk to anyone about weight, dieting, healthy eating etc etc  they always say “I really need to do something about my eating/weight/lifestyle…

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When Should I Worry about my Teenager’s Eating Problem?

By Elaine Hodgins / April 23, 2020 /

What is the difference between normal behaviour and that which may indicate an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia? Most teens worry about their appearance, don’t they? During the teen years and adolescence, self – image and body consciousness is rife. However, if you have noticed that your teen or tween has been fixated…

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Why Siblings won’t Stop Fighting and Arguing!

By Elaine Hodgins / April 16, 2020 /

We all know that even though we have children who can be the best of friends, they can still get on each other’s nerves and fight and argue until the cows come home! It’s quite understandable though really isn’t it? After all, they live together, eat, breathe and sleep together and spend much of their…

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How to Help your Child with “Transitions”

By Elaine Hodgins / April 9, 2020 /

We are all creatures of habit. Change takes energy and at times, it’s difficult. We can therefore see why some children find it really hard to make transitions between places and activities, whether in their own home or out in public. Asking a child to stop doing one thing and to start another (like leaving…

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Ease the anxiety over the Coronavirus

By Elaine Hodgins / April 1, 2020 /

It’s a scary time. We’re in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, with cities, towns and even entire countries shutting down. Some of us are in areas that have already been affected by coronavirus. People are getting ready for what may come. And all of us are watching the headlines and wondering, “What the hell…

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How to Speak with Your Children about the Corona Virus

By Elaine Hodgins / March 16, 2020 /

News travels fast and nothing has traveled faster in the past few weeks than the news about the corona virus (COVID – 19). It’s everywhere: on the front page of newspapers, on the TV on the radio, on the internet and now even in the school playgrounds. I have had this conversation with a couple…

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