Category Archives: Parenting

Kindling Connection

Kindling Connection   Special Time helps to improve confidence and relationships and creates a sense of emotional safety and security.   At KindleKids we believe that connecting with our children and creating a sense of them feeling connected to us goes a long way to treat and prevent a variety of emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.  One of the ways to do this is

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Bullying – How to spot it

Bullying – Why? and what to do about it Child bullying has always been a part of growing up! It is a serious problem in most schools, and it can be detrimental to a child’s confidence and in some instances their long term emotional or social adjustment. As you may have experienced first-hand, it is very painful to see our child being ignored or

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Mindful Parenting

Parenting pressure – Are we doing it right? We all worry about whether our children will grow up to be happy, confident and well-adjusted.  As a result, as parents, we worry about how we are doing to prepare out children for the journey ahead.  Due to wanting the best for them and the enormous amount of advice (often contradictory) from parenting experts, books, blogs,

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Expressing Emotions – How to Help

Expressing Emotions – How to Help your Child Emotional regulation is hard for some children to maintain consistently.  Some children seem excessively anxious, angry, shy, sad or fearful.  While all children go through various stages of the above, some children need support to develop an understanding and strategies for appropriate expression of their emotions. You will need: Patience A feeling faces chart (see our

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Helping Shy Children

Top Tips for Helping Shy Children We live in a society where social confidence is important and connecting with others is valued and an important part of relating and relaxing.  Children want to experience a sense of belonging, and being shy can interfere with this, increasing their sense of isolation.  Shyness can also affect academic performance in those children lacking the confidence to ask

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Does my child need psychological support?

Does my child need psychological support?   The following information is shared from the YoungMinds website Parenting isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow, and to help them learn to be independent, it is also really hard work.  If you think your child is unhappy or if you are worried about their behaviour, it’s easy to be hard

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Fussy Eaters

Fussy Eaters – Tricks and Tips   Setting Expectations Are you concerned about your child being a fussy eater? Our responsibility as parents is to provide an array of nutritious food that is available for our children to eat.  If in spite of all your creative attempts to tempt them, they still choose not to eat, then it is important that you do not see this as a

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Gifted Children

The Gift of Being Gifted I have been approached by a magazine to share some thoughts regarding talented and gifted children.  We often identify that children who are struggling academically need support, but what about those who are fortunate enough to have exceptional skills or talents?  I was asked a number of questions and include a brief outline of my answers below. How does one identify whether a

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Overcoming Adversity

Promoting Resilience As parents, we try and protect our children and keep them safe from physical, emotional and psychological harm.  Sometimes however, our children experience things which can be potentially harmful to their psychological development. This may be in relation to themselves or others that they are connected to.  These include trauma, violence, changes in family circumstances, physical illness or bereavement, accidents, disability, parents’

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Tips for Sibling Rivalry

Tackling Sibling Rivalry Are your children the best of friends or constantly fighting?  Most will be both at different times.  Often sibling rivalry starts even before the second child is born, and continues as the kids grow and compete for everything from toys to attention. As kids reach different stages of development, their evolving needs can significantly affect how they relate to one another.

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