5 Ways to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children

Every parent’s main desire is to have a healthy and happy child. An important part of that health and happiness is the child’s emotional intelligence, which allows them to deal with their own feelings, while understanding how other people feel. But, what can you do to help your child develop their emotional intelligence? Here are some ideas.

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Giving Your Teenager The Best Chance Of Success At University

It’s always a sad moment when you have to say goodbye to your kids as they go off to university. But rather than dwelling on how much you’re going to miss them, a better way to use your energy might be to try and improve their chances of educational success by helping them along in whatever way you can. Certainly, they will be keen to be free of you to a certain extent, that is perfectly natural. But there are non-intrusive ways you can help them – both before they actually leave, and from afar once they have settled into their halls and started studying. Let’s look at some of the best things you can do here.

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Bringing the garden in: Using greenery in your home.

I have recently been looking for inspiration for the old house and I’m loving the trend for bringing the garden inside using botanicals, house plants and using green for interiors. As a gardener, bringing the garden into the house is perfect for me, especially as we are now in Spring. With the Old House garden always in my mind, I thought using some of this inspiration may help me make some decisions about what to use in our renovations.

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How gardening can provide wonderful sensory experiences for your child.

Gardening is a wonderful pass time for many people but it can be associated with retired people with time on their hands. I think this is a shame as everyone can try and enjoy gardening for its mindful moments  and connection with nature. Gardening is also a wonderfully fun and educational activity for children. As well as being these things, it can also have wonderful sensory benefits. Whether your child has a sensory need or not, gardening has many sensory benefits that will help with their overall development.

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7 Ways To Help Your Teenager Manage Exam Stress

The stress of formal exams is a tricky one to negotiate for both teenagers and their parents: The stress of doing well, the stress of what will happen afterwards and the stress of what to do with their lives in the future can all take its toll. I actually think our teenagers have many stresses  that they have to deal with and it seems to be much more than I remember as a teenager growing up in the 1980’s.

I know a little about exam stress as one of my children has A’Levels this summer whilst the other has GCSE’s! Obviously, with a two year gap between my children, I knew this day would come but it seems to have rushed towards us since September!  I worry about them as any parent would and want to help them as much as possible so, here are my top tips for managingexam stress at this time in their lives.

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Why does my child tip-toe? Understanding sensory needs in young children.

We are beginning to understand more and more about the difficulties children have that may affect their learning in the classroom. Over my 20 years in the classroom, I have taught hundreds of children and all have differing needs. Sometimes, there have been children that have struggled more with their memory or there are others that may need extra help with maths. More recently I have been interested in the needs of children who seem to seek out or withdraw from sensory input. A child’s brain continually takes on sensory input throughout the day which is filtered appropriately and used to make sense of the world. Sometimes, a child may be hypersensitive (oversensitive) or hyposensitive (undersensitive) to this sensory input. This may indicate that they have a barrier to learning such as ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) and you may find this post useful. Or it just may be that they need a little extra help for a while as it may affect their learning in the classroom.
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Mother’s Day gifts from our children.

I have been teaching for 20 years and every year I help children make cards or simple gifts for their mums for Mother’s Day. During this time, I have talked to children about why they love their mummy. What is it that makes their mummy special for them? I thought I’d share some of the things that they have told me. By sharing these, I hope that all mums out there will feel special this Mother’s Day. It’s the small things we do for our children that they love, cherish and remember the most. Interestingly, the answers the children have given over the years haven’t really changed.
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The Perfect Posture: How can we help our children protect their backs?

Good posture is essential, no matter your age. Failure to master this in your older years could lead to back problems and reduced mobility. As such, many of us attempt, often when it’s too late, to rid ourselves of bad posture habits. In truth, though, posture also matters a great deal when it comes to our children.
We may not think it, of course. The majority of the kids are many years away from back problems, so why should this be an area of concern? But, this should be a prevention instead of cure situation. Those formative years are essential for back health. Fail to get on top of this, and developmental issues could mean back pain much sooner in your child’s life.
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