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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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Help Your Child to Cope with Grief and Bereavement

By Elaine Hodgins / May 6, 2020 /

This week, sadly, I have had to help a child with the grief of losing her beloved Grandpa. He wasn’t that old, only 72, but contracting the Covid 19 virus on top of his emphysema meant that his lungs were seriously compromised. *Lucy (name changed for privacy) is nine years old. She doesn’t understand that…

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Why Siblings won’t Stop Fighting and Arguing!

By Elaine Hodgins / April 16, 2020 /

We all know that even though we have children who can be the best of friends, they can still get on each other’s nerves and fight and argue until the cows come home! It’s quite understandable though really isn’t it? After all, they live together, eat, breathe and sleep together and spend much of their…

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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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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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Can Bad Behaviour be Masking Anxiety?

By Elaine Hodgins / March 4, 2020 /

Disruptive Behaviour A 9 year – old boy called Thomas has a really bad meltdown in class. He got upset by something one of his class friends had said about him. He shoves the other boy and a fight breaks out. The teacher tries to break them up and calm it down but Thomas goes…

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How To Help Your Children When They Are Too Hard On Themselves

By Elaine Hodgins / February 27, 2020 /

“I’m so stupid” – “Everyone hates me” – “I’m fat/ugly/useless” We hear children say these things every day don’t we. Sometimes, it is  simply just a throwaway line, but other times they can be looking for reassurance. Yes, they may be harmless phrases but occasionally this negative self – talk can also be an unhealthy…

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Sensory Processing Disorder and How to Recognise it!

By Elaine Hodgins / February 5, 2020 /

When a toddler first shows signs of sensory processing issues it can be absolutely frightening for the parents, especially if this is their first child. The first thing mum or dad may notice is an unusual aversion or extreme dislike to noise, light, itchy clothes, mud, sand, or even the bath! They may also notice…

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