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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…

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Five Tips to Help you to Communicate with your Teen

By Elaine Hodgins / July 16, 2020 /

If you think back to the terrible tantrums of two-year olds – you’ll realise that the teen years can be very similar!  During the two- year old developmental period your two year- old is learning how to push your buttons, push the boundaries and push you over the top! The teenage years are very similar.…

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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.…

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LGBTQ Teens, Bullying and Suicide

By Elaine Hodgins / July 1, 2020 /

Over the past few years, we have seen a huge increase in teen suicide. Many of the teens have been subject to anti-gay bullying. *James Smith (name changed) was only 17 years old when his mother found him hanging in the bathroom. He left a note saying; “I don’t want to leave you mum but…

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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…

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My Child Is Showing So Much Anger – How Do I deal With It?

By Elaine Hodgins / June 18, 2020 /

When a child, even a very young child, gets angry, has a tantrum or a meltdown and starts to lash out and throw things around the room, screaming, shouting, swearing, biting and scratching, or at worst, throwing heavy objects at all the people or children around him, it can prove dangerous, so it needs to…

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