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

Parental self awareness

03/02/2015

The Guilty Working Parent

The Guilty Working Parent

It is a rare parent who never feels any guilt in relation to their parenting or who doesn’t wonder whether they are doing the right thing for their children at times.  Going to work can allow a healthy break from thinking about your children and their needs but it also invariably complicates matters too. 

Most commonly guilt creeps in when we feel we are falling short of our expectations of ourselves and feel we’re not doing enough or being good enough as a parent.

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16/06/2013

Fathers - making the most of your time with your children

Fathers - making the most of your time with your children

Fathers have a powerful role to play in their children’s lives as they often provide very different input than mothers.  While the degree that a father can be involved on a day to day basis varies greatly depending on the particular family set-up, fathers can make the most of whatever time they do have with their children and maximise their impact, by considering a few areas in particular: 

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21/03/2013

Making things work after parental separation

Making things work after parental separation

Parenting can be hard at the best of times.  It is hard enough when the job is shared by two cohabiting parents, but when couples separate, whole new ways of managing, both practically and emotionally, often have to be found.

No matter how recently or long ago you separated, there are some golden rules for parents who share custody of their children that will help smooth the process and keep it as positive as possible for all concerned.

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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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01/09/2012

Set a good example

Set a good example

Psychologists often talk about the importance of modelling for children to learn appropriate behaviours, but what do we actually mean by that?

Children identify with people whom they spend time with and feel closest to such as parents, peers, teachers and other important people in their lives. They are influenced by and learn from these ‘models’, taking on the behaviours, attitudes or beliefs that they see. Parents often worry that another child may be a ‘bad influence’ on their child but it is also worth examining the influences within the home.

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