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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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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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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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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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