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A parent's job is not to control children

THE JOB OF A PARENT IS NOT TO CONTROL CHILDREN


Our horns were locked, my six year old and I. Once again we were fighting over food. I wanted her to just try the lentil soup. “I know you’d like it,” I cajoled, on edge. She physically turned away from the table. She’d said no and now she was flatly refusing to engage. I knew I was feeling triggered but…

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The second step towards becoming a Parent Ally


This is part of a series called “4 steps to becoming a Parent Ally” The first in the series can be found right here. So, you’ve spent some time analysing the preconceptions you bring to your parenting. You’ve bought right into this idea that you want to modernise your parenting, raise empathetic children ‘cos that’s what the world needs. You’ve decided to shift…

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How to be an ally to your school going child

5 WAYS TO BE AN ALLY TO YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL


Here in England we are three weeks into the new academic year. After a wonderfully relaxing summer of camping, festivals and family time we were all gearing up for the new term to begin. Just hours into the first day my phone is alight with emails and messages from the School Office, reminding me that the holidays are well and truly…

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Child rights in the classroom - perspective from a teacher

CHILD RIGHTS AT SCHOOL – A TEACHER’S PERSPECTIVE


I got into teaching as my way of having children around me, we had tried for years to have our own children and been unsuccessful. I wanted an all consuming job that championed the curiosity and enthusiasm of children; teaching seemed perfect. Spending time with other people’s children, my nieces especially, had shown me that learning comes in all forms…

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BEING AN ALLY TO YOUR CHILD ON A HECTIC SCHOOL MORNING

AN HONEST ACCOUNT OF A HECTIC SCHOOL MORNING


Just thinking about the morning routine on a school day creates a physical reaction in me. My head hurts slightly and I feel my body tense. Of all the transitions we regularly have in our family this is by far the hardest. Why is that? We have very few places we have to be at a particular time. When we…

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Parent Allies: Supporting your anxious child

HOW TO BE AN ALLY TO A CHILD WITH ANXIETY


We’re all familiar with feeling anxious. It’s not pleasant. Heart racing, butterflies in the tum, can’t think clearly. What if you lived like that most of the time? For months at a time. What if you lived with an impending sense of doom or low-level anxiety that has you checking the doors and windows are locked, repeatedly, on a hot…

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Max Pemberton and smacking

CALL FOR THE SUSPENSION OF DR MAX PEMBERTON FROM THE NHS


Dear Simon Stevens Did any of your staff over the last week draw your attention to Dr Max Pemberton’s words on smacking children? I would hope as CEO of the NHS you would be concerned that one of your psychiatrists is advocating, in the world’s most read English language newspaper, a practice that has a proven negative impact on mental health.…

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5 ways to ease parental stress

5 DAILY HABITS TO EASE PARENTAL STRESS


A parent’s stress is like an emotional smoothie which has the potential to blow the lid off the jug and make a huge mess! Parental stress can be a blend of thoughts and emotions; from frustration to a child not doing what we want, to guilt because we blame ourselves for whatever is going on. There’s the bombardment of mental…

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