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5 EASY Ways to Encourage Healthy Internet Use at Home – Balance not BAN.

One of the most common questions I get asked regularly on my Sue Atkins Parenting Show podcast is: ' How do I get them off screens?' Here are my simple…

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I’ve been working with a perfectionist – but he’s only 5 years old !

I’ve been working with an absolutely lovely 5 year old who is suffering already from self imposed “Perfectionism.” He is incredibly hard on himself. When he gets some small thing wrong he has a meltdown, says “I’m terrible at everything. I can’t do it. I can’t get […]

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Try ‘ING’ Activities as the Antidote to ‘Too Much Screen Time’

We all need to play our part in managing screen time. We are the first generation of parents having to juggle being 24/7 connected. We don’t actually know the damage screen time may do to our kids mental or physical health and wellbeing yet – as the […]

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There’s no ‘Quick Fix’ for Bullying, Low Self-Esteem, Drug Abuse or Knife and Gun Violence but using the Crucial ‘C’s of Connection, Capability, Counting & Courage can help!

“Many streets in urban Britain are thick with warm flowers and cold blood” Mary Riddell from The Daily Telegraph Research suggests that infants in loveless, violent and abusive homes will have had their emotions hard-wired and damaged by the time they are only 18 months old. George […]

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New Year Resolutions – is being a better parent on your list?

    As the clock ticked down the old year and we all awaited the arrival of a brand new one, I begun to wonder what all the people around me truly wished for deep down in that very quiet place where dreams, hopes and wishes really […]

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Sue in conversation with Renaldo Lawrence, Apple & Microsoft eLearning Developer and Author of ‘I Am More Than What You See.’

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How To Survive Your First Christmas Alone

        It’s really stressful facing your first Christmas alone. Perhaps, you like me, are finding that you have had 20 years of family Christmases with tinsel and turkey, kids unwrapping their pressies in pyjamas with the Carols singing out on the stereo, the […]

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Manic Mums and Dazed Dads – Are you stuck in the spin cycle of life………….. exhausted, wrung out and dizzy?

Are you stuck in the spin cycle of life………….. exhausted, wrung out and dizzy? Do you find yourself falling into bed worn out, frustrated and complaining “Where did the time GO?” Then welcome to the Club! You are not alone as I coach lots of Mums and […]

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7 Quick & Easy Tips To Get Excited Kids To Sleep on Christmas Eve!

The guests have arrived, the presents are wrapped, the shops are closed, & the carrots & whiskey are out for Father Christmas & the Reindeer BUT the kids are still up jumping about in total excitement and not in the least ready for bedtime. Getting kids to […]

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Christmas on a budget with children

“If you want something expensive, you should ask your grandparents.” Matthew, aged 12 ‘Money makes the world go around!’, as Liza Minnelli sang in “Cabaret”, but debt is on the increase and Christmas can stretch family finances at the best of times. Here’s how to turn the situation around: […]

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Coping With Christmas Stress

  Christmas, although a time of great joy and celebration, can also be the most stressful of times for even the best of parents, with the family home chaotic and often besieged by visitors. Throw into the mix over excited children who have weeks to sit around […]

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Is yours a MAD HOUSE at Christmas ? Here are my tips to calm things down.

I was really delighted to see my tips appear on Cheryl Pasquier’s Mad House Family Review site this weekend. “A friend of mine is having trouble sorting out the arrangements over Christmas Dinner with her ex. I thought that maybe I should encourage her to refocus her […]

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Keeping the magic of Christmas alive – when to tell the kids about Father Christmas

Here’s my interview on when to tell the kids about Father Christmas in Candis. “During the Christmas period it’s often up to parents to ensure everyone has a brilliant and most importantly memorable time. To keep it magical, Sue Atkins, author of Raising Happy Children for Dummies, […]

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7 Great Additional Needs Toys For Christmas

I read a helpful blog by Nancy Flanders who helps parents navigate through Special Needs issues on Parenting Squad called “7 Special Needs Toys That Rock” so I thought I would pass them on to you. 1. The Toddler Sensory Table will help stimulate your child’s senses […]

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