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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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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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Pre-Schoolers with Problem Behaviour

By Elaine Hodgins / January 27, 2021 /

How to know when your 3 – 5 year-old needs help! We don’t often think of pre schoolers having problem behaviour do we? We think “Aw she’s just a toddler still – she’ll grow out of it!”  We normally associate difficult children with school age youngsters who are acting out in class, throwing things, and…

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What can affect a child’s mental health?

By Elaine Hodgins / November 11, 2020 /

Mental health whilst growing Children and young people’s minds are developing at an extremely fast rate. The challenges they face as they are developing into young adults will undoubtedly affect their emotions and their behaviour. Today’s society means that those challenges can lead to many difficulties as the child is growing up. Good emotional and…

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How to help your child make friends

By Elaine Hodgins / October 21, 2020 /

In today’s world, friendship “groups” are so important. I can’t tell you how many mums and dads call me and say; Can you help my son/daughter – she seems to have so much trouble finding a friendship group – there must be something wrong with her! Many friendship groups begin in preschool or reception class,…

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