Blog

Young boy looks over a map on his way to an adventure building resilience.

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…

Read More
Boy yelling at mother who sits on a sofa.

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…

Read More
Child getting ready fr the day whilst brushing his hair in a mirror

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…

Read More

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…

Read More
A childs toy sits on a toilet in a bathroom

“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…

Read More
Young girl having a face mask placed by female caretaker

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…

Read More
Young child sitting at a table looking cheeky

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…

Read More
Kids on a football field kicking balls around.

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…

Read More
Boy sitting on a bench looking out over a landscape

How to Help a Child Cope with Grief

By Elaine Hodgins / July 8, 2020 /

Dealing with grief My mum was only 52 when she died. I was 21 so I wasn’t a child and yet, she had started her road to alcoholism when I was just seven – so in reality I felt abandonment issues from that  very young age. When my mother DID pass- away, I felt relief.…

Read More
Young girl asleep on a pillow

How to Help your Child with Sleep Issues

By Elaine Hodgins / June 24, 2020 /

Why is Sleep so Important for our Children? Sleep is an extremely powerful restorative process. If we don’t have enough sleep, we don’t have enough energy to manage our day. Good sleep has a great effect on our behaviour, our emotions, and of course our concentration. As adults we understand that we need a good…

Read More