Paper cut out of a family going through a divorce

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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Five Ways for Stressed Mums to Relax

By Elaine Hodgins / March 11, 2021 /

Anxious? Stressed? You are not alone. Let’s face it most mums in normal times find parenting fairly stressful, but after a year of covid/lockdowns/home-schooling and no social – life, most mums are saying that they are really struggling with their mental health. The big problem is, is that unchecked stress IS dangerous. It CAN kill.…

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Resolutions: It’s that time of year again!

By Elaine Hodgins / January 6, 2021 /

I wonder how many of us have said “My new year’s resolution is to lose weight/stop drinking/ stop gambling/ go running every day/ stop smoking? “We all do it, don’t we, even in some small way to try and improve ourselves. So, is it really that important that we do this, year after year? I…

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Six Tips on Parenting your Pre-Teen

By Elaine Hodgins / October 28, 2020 /

“What happened to my cuddly, adorable ten-year-old?”  a mum asked me recently in my children’s therapy clinic. “She used to be so loving and always wanting to hug me but now she doesn’t want much to do with me or her dad at all!” I hear this an awful lot! All that’s happening is that…

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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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