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How to help your child when they are being hard on themselves

By Elaine Hodgins / September 9, 2020 /

As parents we often hear our children talking about themselves in a negative way, for example: “I’m stupid, I can’t do anything right, No one likes me, everyone hates me, I’m ugly/fat/skinny/spotty!” Some of the time these are just throwaway phrases or just the child wanting re-assurance that he’s actually ok. In other words, they…

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Young boy climbing a blue wall in his waterproof jacket.

Are You a Helicopter Parent?

By Elaine Hodgins / October 24, 2019 /

Isn’t it strange how we always say: “I will never be one of those mums who hovers around their child the whole time and doesn’t allow them to grow up” and yet what do we do? We find ourselves “hovering” at every opportunity! I remember once being in the park with my little girl –…

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Two pumpkins with faces carved into them lit up on a dark night.

Are Clowns Funny or just plain scary?

By Elaine Hodgins / October 4, 2019 /

Halloween is upon us… In just a few weeks time Halloween will once again be upon us and kids all over the country will be dressing up as ghouls and ghosts, skeletons and clowns etc. For most children – little ones as well as teenagers, Halloween is a fun time – they can go out…

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Fear of the toilet

Why children become scared of going to the toilet

By Elaine Hodgins / June 5, 2019 /

BAs a Clinical Hypnotherapist, specialising in children’s problems, I often get asked by mums “Why won’t my child go for a poo on the toilet or potty?” Well, the answer is – fear! It could be fear of falling into the toilet or not feeling “stable” on the potty, or it could be that someone…

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