The Parent Space

Next Available Course

  • Start date:    Tuesday 26th September 2017
  • 5 week group:    Three Tuesday evenings, three week break for half term, then the final two Tuesdays: 7.30pm - 9.45pm in Hampstead

Setting boundaries

02/06/2015

Over / under scheduling children

Over / under scheduling children's activities

The opportunities available to children today in terms of extra-curricular activities have grown enormously in recent years.  Where we once had to wait until age 7 just to join our local brownies or scouts, we now have music classes for babies, French for toddlers and even circus skills for under 5’s, all within striking distance.  Understandably, this often leaves parents worrying about how to squeeze even more into their already hectic days in order not to feel that their children miss out socially, developmentally and often academically too.

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02/01/2014

Parenting

Parenting 'tweens' and young teenagers

As our children grow up our relationship with them changes, as does the way we parent them. Some children move with relative ease through the ‘tween’ stage and into teenage years, others have a rockier ride.  How, as parents, can we help our children negotiate these transition years as smoothly as possible?

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14/01/2013

Lying in children

Lying in children

Lying is prolific in our culture. We all lie every day: white lies to save someone’s dignity or help them feel better are a part of adult life. Despite this, parents understandably tend to get furious or upset when children don’t tell the truth.   Despite our own “minor” lying behaviours, we don’t want our children to lie to us, or to develop into adults who lie beyond the “acceptable” norm.  Preventatively, there are a few things we can think about as parents:

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01/10/2012

Does no always mean no?

Does no always mean no?

When you’re feeling tired, stressed, rushed or you haven’t had time to think something through, it can be easy to automatically say no to a child’s request, only to realise quite quickly that it was actually a reasonable one. 

The idea of going back on a “no” can leave some parents fearing that their child is getting one over on them.  This can lead to them sticking to it at all costs, even setting up a huge battle over something very small, secretly wishing they had never said no in the first place, and leaving both parent and child feeling terrible.

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