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Tips to Help your Child become Confident

By Elaine Hodgins / April 22, 2021 /

“Please help me – my child is so shy and doesn’t seem to have any confidence. I’m so worried that she won’t get on in life!” I get calls like this every week from worried parents explaining that their child doesn’t seem resilient, confident, or is too shy to push themselves forward. Lockdown and covid…

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Talking to your children about divorce and helping them to cope

By Elaine Hodgins / April 15, 2021 /

Divorce hits children the hardest.  I’ll say that again – Divorce (or parents separating) will hit children the hardest. It doesn’t matter what age they are, whether a toddler, a child, a teen or a young adult – generally their first instinct is to blame themselves. However, you can do a lot to help your…

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Is Your Child Overweight?

By Elaine Hodgins / April 8, 2021 /

As an overweight child and teen myself, I know only too well the impact that being overweight had on my life – the bullying, the names, the not being able to look cool, being embarrassed on the beach or at the swimming pool… and I could go on. So, What Is Childhood Obesity? Childhood obesity…

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Why Do Children With ADHD Or ADD Tell Lies?

By Elaine Hodgins / April 1, 2021 /

Why do Children with ADHD or ADD tell Lies? We have all experienced our children telling lies, haven’t we? I know I have. My daughter would lie till she was blue in the face and expect me to believe her crazy, outrageous stories! However, all children lie at some stage during their development, at least…

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Sexual Behaviours in Young Children – When to be Worried

By Elaine Hodgins / March 25, 2021 /

Understanding Sexual Behaviours It can be difficult for parents to know when their child’s behaviour is inappropriate or harmful can’t it?  We’ve all heard our little ones make comments like “Why does he have a willy and I don’t?”  or “My mummy has big boobies!” and of course we have all gone through that stage…

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Back to School Anxiety after Lockdown

By Elaine Hodgins / March 4, 2021 /

The end of lockdown is in sight and mums and dads everywhere are feeling anxious over how its all going to pan out.  “What if my children have got behind in their school-work? What if they are very anxious when they go back? What if they DO catch Covid 19?” I can hear all those…

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Five Tips to Support Siblings in Special needs Families.

By Elaine Hodgins / February 24, 2021 /

When Gemma Knowles was diagnosed with ADHD, dyspraxia and autism when she was ten years old, there was one thing that she will always remember – the support of her brother, Phillip, then 12 years old. “Phillip used to worry about me “ said Gemma. “When he caught me crying about it all one evening,…

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Could Sensory Processing Disorder explain your Child’s Behaviour?

By Elaine Hodgins / February 17, 2021 /

A mum called me one day and said: “I’ve had it up to here…my 3 year- old daughter is constantly throwing tantrums, she’s clumsy, she screams if her face gets wet when I’m trying to help her get washed and goes crazy if we go into a public bathroom and the hand dryer goes off!…

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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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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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