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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Teenagers and the Facebook scandal

The Facebook scandal was a few weeks ago now. Whatever your thoughts on this, it is clear that many, many people had their personal data shared (81 million in the latest press reports). I’m not at all surprised that data was shared as this is happening all the time even when we are shopping on the internet. Mr Zuckerberg has done his best to reassure us all and yes, some people will leave Facebook but let’s be real here, you can’t delete your online presence completely. Deleting your Facebook account won’t be enough to stop your data being stored or shared. I’m not saying what happened was right but Mr Zuckerberg has a greater challenge on his hands in my view; attracting younger users. According to my teenagers, Facebook is dead and it has nothing to do with this latest scandal.

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20 Things Parents Say That Are Pointless For Teenagers But We Say Anyway!

My daughter turns 18 this weekend.

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? Time goes by so fast doesn’t it? Before you blink, they have changed from babies to school children. Before you turn around they are going OUT. It’s crazy how quickly this last 5 years have flown by. I mean it was 2010 last year wasn’t it??

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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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Does House Decoration Influence Home Love?

Does house decoration influence home love and positivity? Well yes, absolutely, but only I believe, if you make the right choices.  To build a loving home is no small feat, as it is the shared space within which yourself and your family thrive and collaborate. Every member of the family may want different things from the space too which may result in conflict. So, can we build a comfy home that promotes love and positivity? I hope this guide will help to provide you with some good advice on how to foster home love through your decoration choices.
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