It has been proven repeatedly that what children need most is a happy, secure, loving and stable environment to grow up in. The type of family unit in which this is achieved is irrelevant – single parents of either sex, and heterosexual, gay or lesbian couples can all deliver the perfect upbringing for a child.
We’ve all heard it. Sometimes it’s said straight out, other times it’s mumbled under the breath. It may not have directed at your children’s behaviour but chances are you’ve heard someone say something along the lines of “They’re too soft on that kid” or “In my day I’d have got a clip around the ear
As much as you might like to, you can’t choose your kids’ friends for them. As they grow into teenagers, children form strong bonds with people they connect with. But what if you don’t like those people and feel they are being a bad influence on your offspring? Teenagers are naturally drawn towards groups of
Of course, there is nothing wrong with being a little shy but sometimes that bashfulness can stop us from taking part in things and achieving goals. This can be particularly damaging in teenagers as they begin to make their own way in the world. But in many kids, shyness reaches a peak in early adolescence,
Jokes can easily be labelled as being sexist, ageist, racist or bigoted. People telling them at work or in school can be, and often are reprimanded, and rightly so. However, make a joke about a person’s hair colour and it’s often a different story. The majority of redheads will have been teased about their hair
As if dealing with naughty kids wasn’t enough, many parents find themselves drawing grown-up battle lines when it comes to discipline. This generally stems from conflicting styles of parenting and, if not managed, can play havoc with the consistency required to make discipline effective. What to do? Different Parenting Styles An Authoritarian parent takes an