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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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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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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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Life For Children Post Lockdown

By Elaine Hodgins / June 10, 2020 /

Different reactions to the lock down Talking to a friend of mine who is a primary school teacher the other day, he was saying that it will be hard for each and every one of them, children and teachers alike, because there is no way that any of the children are going to be able…

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Ten Ways to Get Your Child to Talk About Their Emotions

By Elaine Hodgins / June 3, 2020 /

By now your children will have been at home under lock down rules for many weeks and may even be getting prepared physically and emotionally to go back to school. They have been separated from their friends, their teachers, and have had a totally different routine – now its all going to change again as…

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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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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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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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