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Blog entries tagged with "communication"

Are we losing communication skills?

Before the days of mobile phones, texting, computers, internet access, game consoles and endless television channels what did people do?  The answer is that they used to communicate face to face.  They used to sit down and have a family meal...

Posted on 13 July 2012

Raising a 21st Century Teenager

Nobody has all the right answers when it comes to bringing up kids, let alone teenagers.   As parents, we feel the pressure to turn out perfect children and be perfect parents – no such thing!  Parents of teenagers often feel: Worried that they...

Posted on 13 July 2012

Siblings without rivalry!

Sibling rivalry has always had bad press - think of Cain slaughtering Abel and Joseph being thrown down the well and sold by his brothers because they were jealous of his beautiful multi coloured coat! Sibling rivalry can apply to any child living...

Posted on 01 May 2015

The Challenges of Stepfamilies & Single Parenting

Stepfamilies have a bad image.  Single parents are either frowned upon or felt sorry for.  Think of Snow White’s jealous stepmother, the unrealistically positive Brady Bunch or Princess Jasmine’s desperate single father. Of course real life is mor...

Posted on 05 January 2017

I Want One of Those – Preparing for the Festive Season

At this time of year emotions can run high as we fight the marketing battle that bombards us at every corner.  What should we buy our children?  Do they really need it?  We open up the floodgates and ask children what they would like?  We encourag...

Posted on 23 December 2013

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is a bit of a buzz work nowadays and people think they know what it means but aren’t really sure why it matters. Many of us value academic intelligence and encourage our children to work hard, exercise their brains and their...

Posted on 26 June 2014