How to talk to kids about terrorism

How to talk to kids about terrorism

We’re a 24 hour news society with an endless stream of information filtering into our homes whether we want it or not. So when random terrorist attacks occur, such as the recent ones in shopping centres and tourist resorts, it can be hard to protect our children from...
5 ways to say NO without using that word

5 ways to say NO without using that word

Parents can easily fall into the trap of continually saying ‘no’ to their children – especially to toddlers who are running round exploring and touching new things every minute of the day.  On the face of it, there’s nothing wrong in telling your child that they can’t...
Turn Exam Stress into Success

Turn Exam Stress into Success

Exams frighten almost everyone and today’’s students have to face more of them than any previous generation, so it’’s not surprising that stress and anxiety can begin to overwhelm even the most able.  We all know that feelings of nervousness quickly lead to a lack of...
Rewards and Praise – do they work?

Rewards and Praise – do they work?

I’m often asked if it’s a good idea to introduce rewards as an additional incentive to get children to behave well. On the face of it, it does sound like a good idea – we’re all naturally goal-seeking individuals and surely if you’re going to have to push...
Supermarket tantrums – How get kids to stay calm

Supermarket tantrums – How get kids to stay calm

Trips to supermarkets with young children in tow can be extremely stressful and most parents will admit, it’s something they’ve come to dread. Children get bored easily and tire quickly, so it’s not surprising that many will start to moan and whine. Most parents try...
Sibling fights getting you down?

Sibling fights getting you down?

It may drive you mad, but kids fight. It’s natural. They fight because they are bored, they want attention, they feel tired, jealous or angry and don’t know how to express it.  You’re very unlikely to stop the squabbles completely, but learning how to resolve these...
Is your child turning into a sugar junkie?

Is your child turning into a sugar junkie?

No parent consciously sets out to feed their child a highly processed junk food diet that’s full of sugar and fat, but it’s an easy trap to fall into. Busy working mums and dads coupled with kids who have their social diaries crammed with after-school clubs and...
Does your child worry all the time?

Does your child worry all the time?

If you have a child that seems to worry all the time, you’ll have noticed that it’s pretty near impossible to say the right thing that will stop the endless concerns about things that have never happened and are never likely to happen.  Common childhood...
Does your child need a digital detox?

Does your child need a digital detox?

Most parents feel that kids spend far too much time on electronic gadgets and wonder what they can do about it.  Let’s face it, modern-day life includes an increasing number of screens, whether it’s TV, smartphones, tablets or computers, so it’s not...
Put an end to homework misery

Put an end to homework misery

Children as young as four years old are now routinely given homework by their school teachers to complete on a nightly basis. It’s also not uncommon for schools to recommend youngsters continue working throughout the holiday periods too – it all adds up to a lot of...
The secret to making bedtimes easier

The secret to making bedtimes easier

Of all the daily arguments in the home, bedtime flare-ups are one of the most common. Young children, in particular, are prone to meltdowns at this time – and let’s face it, late in the evening both tired parents and children are running low on patience and the...
How many hours sleep should children have?

How many hours sleep should children have?

  “How many hours sleep are children supposed have?” is question I’m often asked. Many parents are unsure of exactly how much sleep their children should be getting and how many hours constitute a ‘good night’s sleep’.  Nowadays experts would...
The best way to allow kids to eat chocolate at Easter time

The best way to allow kids to eat chocolate at Easter time

Parents often ask me what they should do about the inevitable overload of chocolate at Easter time. Is it a good idea to restrict the amount you allow your children to consume and ration it out slowly over a few weeks –  or simply turn a blind eye, let them...
It’s good for kids to be copycats

It’s good for kids to be copycats

Copying or ‘modelling’ as it’s known, is often said to be at the heart of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) – it’s how the creators of NLP began their studies. They studied behaviour and language patterns of experts in the field of psychological therapy and...
Are family mealtimes becoming a battleground?

Are family mealtimes becoming a battleground?

Are your family mealtimes turning into a bit of a nightmare with fussy eaters, lots of noise, mess and fuss?  These are my Top Tips to help getting round the table a more relaxed and fun affair. 1. Make mealtimes inviting – a family mealtime can offer much more than...
How to help fussy eaters explore new foods

How to help fussy eaters explore new foods

Explore new foods away from family mealtimes. Too often we introduce new foods ready cooked, served up on the plate – a bit of a fait accompli.  This kind of pressure can create a feeling of anxiety in a sensitive child.  Take the time to explore new foods away from...
What causes bedwetting in children?

What causes bedwetting in children?

Many reasons are put forward as possible causes of a bedwetting problem for example:  the size of the bladder a urinary tract infection a lack of hormones to concentrate urine something that runs in families stress or anxiety Some children are referred to Enuresis...
Halloween Nightmares

Halloween Nightmares

Halloween can be great fun – after all, spooky face-painting, elaborate dressing up and spider cupcakes make kids laugh.   But for some, it can trigger off a sequence of fears, phobias and nightmares that are hard to shift afterwards. The mind and body are very...
Back to School – how to handle anxiety and get super organised

Back to School – how to handle anxiety and get super organised

Feeling anxious about the first day back at school is only natural – for both children and indeed their parents. These 10 tips will help to make the transition back to school easier: Avoid confusing your own feelings of nervousness with your child’s: In the run up to...
What Dads REALLY want for Father’s Day

What Dads REALLY want for Father’s Day

Most Dads look forward to Father’s Day, don’t they? The one day in the year when it’s legitimate to quite simply put your feet up, chill out and enjoy having a bit of a fuss made of you by the rest of the family. On the face of it, it doesn’t...
Honey, I hypnotised the kids

Honey, I hypnotised the kids

When people learn that I’m a Hypnotherapist, one of the first questions they ask me is “Have you ever HYPNOTISED your own children”?  And usually, they’ll whisper it behind their hands. I generally give some stock answer that probably only answers half the question...
Mindfulness for Kids

Mindfulness for Kids

We often hear that ‘Living in the moment’, or ‘Mindfulness’ can reduce stress and greatly enhance the quality of our lives – it’s also an excellent way of reducing your child’s worrying. Based on Buddhist philosophy, ‘mindfulness’ is a deliberate way of being...
At what age do children stop wetting the bed?

At what age do children stop wetting the bed?

Bedwetting – also known as nocturnal enuresis – affects most children up to the age of three as the development of bladder function control can be a slow process. It’s a common problem, especially in the under-fives and according to figures published by the British...
Top Tips for reducing post-natal anxiety

Top Tips for reducing post-natal anxiety

Is post-natal anxiety turning you into a bag of nerves? We’re all familiar with the term “post-baby blues”, but did you know it’s not uncommon for new mums to develop “post-baby fears, phobias and anxieties” too? Around 8% of new mums all over the world are thought to...