Archive for May, 2008

Step Families

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Introducing a new partner to your children is often difficult, but it is much more difficult if the partner has children too. In the initial period things may seem to be going well as shared outings and treats are enjoyed but this may not last once the novelty has worn ...

Sleep Problems

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

In an ideal world, all children would climb happily into bed at the appointed hour, sleep through the night and wake up refreshed and ready to face the day in the morning. However, things don't always work out that way and all too often children are still running around the ...

Sibling Rivalry

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Oh no they’re at it again’ is a familiar cry in many households as parents face the unpalatable fact that brothers and sisters do not love (or even like) each other all of the time. It is important to accept that sibling rivalry is natural and normal and that you ...

Self Harm

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Research by the Samaritans has shown that more than 1 in 10 adolescents have deliberately harmed themselves. They also found that young people are more likely to self harm it if they have friends who have already done so. This is how self-harming spreads through schools and becomes ...

Phobias

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Fear is a natural response in everyone and keeps us from entering into dangerous situations. However, when the fear is centred on objects, creatures or situations that cannot possibly harm us then we can be described as ‘phobic’. Children have more fears and phobias than adults and tend to experience ...

Parental Separation and Divorce

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

The effect of parental separation on children can be catastrophic, whether it comes ‘out of the blue’ or if there has been conflict in the home before, during and after the separation. A family break up is like bereavement and children often find it difficult to cope with the strong emotions ...

Lack of Confidence

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Children who lack confidence can appear shy and may avoid social situations. They are often self-critical as well as self-conscious and tend to believe that other children are laughing at them or dislike them. As a result they withdraw from any experience or circumstance that might result in them feeling ...

Friendship Issues

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Making and keeping friends is a complex skill that comes easier to some children than others. It is said that babies develop a preference for friends when just over a year old, so it is obvious that problems with friends or the lack of them can happen to youngsters at ...

Food

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

All children need a balance of: Energy giving foods (bread, cereals, pulses, milk, nuts and seeds) Fibre (bread, pasta, rice, corn, cereals, pulses, potatoes Fruit and vegetables) Protein meat, fish, cereals, eggs, milk, cheese and yoghurt Calcium (milk, cheese, yoghurt) Teenage boys need more food than some adults as they are growing and use up ...

Exam Stress

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Exam time causes a lot of stress in the family – and not only for the young person who is due to take the exam. So what can you do to help your child or teenager to minimise their stress whist doing their revsion? Here are our top tips. WHEN REVISING Drink ...