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Help for children who stutter

Help for children who stutter

Stuttering is an interruption in the flow of speech. It can manifest as a repetition of certain syllables, phrases, or single words, or a silence where a certain sound would normally be. Many children between the ages of two and five go through a period of stuttering – in most cases it then disappears and

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Turning negatives into positives

How to turn negatives into positives

No, Stop! Come back – this isn’t a science lesson! It’s a few small words on how to regain a positive view of life, and bring back the sunshine into your world. Most situations can be viewed both positively and negatively, and the approach you take can depend on your mood of the moment. Habits

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how to be a happier parent

How to be a happier parent

Parenting magazines and advertisers would have us believe that parenthood is an idyllic life of never-ending bliss. Sure, there are glimpses, maybe even whole days like this, but there is no escaping the facts – being a parent is HARD WORK. And it doesn’t always make you happy. And then you feel like it should,

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child anxiety

How much of the news do you let your children see

Natural disasters such as Fukushima in Japan are disturbing to all of us and it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed and helpless as we witness people lose their lives and their homes. It’s almost impossible to protect children from being exposed to some of the inevitable and extensive media coverage, and as a result many

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Sibling with a disability

Keeping harmony between children can be hard at the best of times. It can be difficult to make sure each child feels valued and to give them the attention they need and in a way which doesn’t create jealousies or rivalries. Siblings disagree and argue, they also bond and play together, but how do you

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Middle child syndrome

It is considered that the ranking of birth order among siblings determines our behaviours and personalities. It has long been thought that middle children suffer the worst of the birth order placing, with studies showing that middle children have a more difficult time in growing up than their siblings. The “middle” birth place is considered

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