Parenting Trends

This year has seen lots of changes and how we parent is no different. It is interesting that data from Facebook suggested as early as the end of last year that Children would tinker more, listen to more audio books, have less screen time and parents would be more conscious about health and the environment and how true that has been for this year.

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How to talk about feelings with your Children.

So often parents struggle to know how to connect with their children about feelings and emotions, but it is important that all young people know how to communicate their moods and manage stress and anxiety. It is a well-known fact that children who thrive in their emotional and social development have parents who respond positively to the behaviour of the children.

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Back to School Anxiety

I think most of us are looking forward to getting back into a routine and the children returning to school or nursery. However, I know that for many this comes with some anxiety and worry for both parents and children as to what will school look like, how different will things be, will my child be safe. With so much conflicting information from the media, the Government and schools it is hard to know how to handle the return to school and what to do about any fears or concerns that children may have.

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I can do this!

This generation of children have the world at their tiny feet and their biggest worry is how they are going to achieve all the things they want to when it comes to jobs and careers. From actresses to astronauts, zoologist to zip wire performer (is that a thing?) they really could do anything they want to if they (and you) put their minds to it. Most of us have been brought up quite traditionally and generally aspired to university, teaching, banking etc We were not really encouraged to dream big and to be honest I’m not sure we really knew what amazing jobs are out there. So, for many of us when our little ones announce that they really, really want to be world renowned scientist or the next Steve Jobs we sometimes worry about being too encouraging and don’t want to set our children up to fail. But if this year has taught us anything it is that we have to live our dreams, whatever, they may be and maybe it’s our job as parents to help our children to dream big and see where their big ideas might just take them!

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Breast Feeding vs Bottle Feeding

The choice between whether to breast feed or bottle feed is often a difficult one and everyone has an opinion on what you should or should not do. The health experts suggest that breast milk is best nutritionally leading some woman to feel guilty if they choose to bottle feed their baby. For many new Mums breast feeding is not possible due to lifestyle, specific medical conditions, and other personal practicalities. Bottle Feeding you baby does not mean your little one won’t thrive and you will still create a special bond with your baby, that time spent feeding them, whether bottle or breast is a time just for the two of you, and if you do decide to bottle feed then Dad and other family members can share in the experience which can only be a positive thing.

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