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How to respond to bullying

How to respond to bullying

Top Tips:  What parents can do about bullying: If you are the parent of a child being bullied then you are probably feeling a number of things, including anger, towards the person hurting your child, frustration at how this could have happened and perhaps even helplessness if your child is not talking to you about it. If you think your ... Read More »

Cyberbullying: Advice for Parents

Cyberbullying: Advice for Parents

One concern which has always been present either directly or indirectly for children and parents is bullying, but in more recent times the newer issue of Cyberbullying has become more prevalent. Even the word itself brings a feeling of uneasiness, a vulnerability which we do not want to see happen to our children. However, the negative behaviour of any type ... Read More »

The Impact of Parental Separation on Teenagers

The Impact of Parental Separation on Teenagers

What can be harmful for teenagers? Research tells us that the factors that put teenagers most at risk of harm are: Conflict between parents before, during and/or after separation Arguments and tension between parents affect teenagers deeply, leaving them anxious, aggressive or withdrawn, and more likely to develop emotional and behavioural problems. Repeated disruptions to their lives This means having ... Read More »

What does it mean to be a teenager?

What does it mean to be a teenager?

The teenage years are a time of intense changes. Hormonal changes leading to dramatic physical growth are one of the most obvious. But there are also huge changes in a teenager’s emotional and social development and therefore their reasoning and understanding of things. Negotiating these changes is a normal part of a teenager’s journey towards independent adulthood and can be ... Read More »

Coping with Exam Pressure – Advice for Parents

Coping with Exam Pressure – Advice for Parents

Exam times bring with them varying levels of stress and anxiety for both children and parents. For the children the stress is more direct and obvious. Thoughts like “have I done enough study, could I do more?” “I’m running out of time”. “I’m no good at remembering details” “I hate this subject” and many more run through our children’s minds ... Read More »

Self Harm Support

Self Harm Support

For some people self-harm can be a way of coping with problems. They see it as a way of expressing feelings they can’t seem to put into words. It distracts the person from the source of their emotional pain, and gives a sense of relief. Afterwards, many people who self harm feel better—at least for a while. But then the ... Read More »

Listening To Your Teenager

Listening To Your Teenager

Parents, teenagers and ‘experts’ all agree on one thing- teenage years are a troublesome and confusing time. Teenagers can often feel that the world is against them, that they are already grown ups and that nobody understands them. As their parent/guardian you have probably tried talking to them, listening to them and attempting to understand them and support them. It ... Read More »

How to Support Your Child through Bullying: Part 1

How to Support Your Child through Bullying: Part 1

Bullying facts: Sometimes, when we talk about bullying, we aren’t sure about what it actually is. Bullying can include hurting another person’s feelings and undermining their confidence and self-esteem through words, actions or social exclusion. It is usually a pattern of behaviour rather than a one-time occurrence.  It can sometimes be difficult for parents to recognise the signs of bullying ... Read More »

How to Support Your Child through Bullying: Part 2

How to Support Your Child through Bullying: Part 2

With technology developing so quickly it can be difficult to keep up with all the advances and new forms of communication our children can be exposed to. Parents and children need to stay up to date on the risks, and children need to know how to look after themselves whenever they use the internet or their mobile phones. Here are ... Read More »

Talking to Your Teenager about Alcohol & Substance Misuse

Talking to Your Teenager about Alcohol & Substance Misuse

Are you worried that your teenager might be involved in alcohol or substance misuse? Or, are you worried about how to talk about these issues with your teenager? In either case, it’s important to stay calm and open-minded. Getting too intense will put pressure on your teenager, so encourage a relaxed conversation, starting with questions about the ‘bigger picture’. Try ... Read More »