Seven-year old James is having considerable difficulty learning to read; nine-year old Chrissie hates maths and has trouble remembering her times tables from one week to the next
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Most parents experience concern and anxiety when their children and their peers start to drink alcohol.
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All children experience jealousy, anger, and anxiety when they think that they may miss out on resources, attention, or love from their caregivers.
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Imagine the following scenario: Your character in the game Grand Theft Auto visits a prostitute and is ironically rewarded with “health points”, however, you lose “money” due to paying for the service. Thus, to recuperate your “money”, you kill the prostitute and take your money back. Does enacting this type of behaviour through a game carry any real life significance?
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Children (of all ages) who experience frequent, intense and poorly resolved conflict and harshness between their parents suffer terribly. These children are also at risk for a number of negative psychological outcomes including depression, anxiety, aggression, hostility, and poor social skills.
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Having counselled a number of couples through the separation process, it has become clear to me that there is one step that isn’t well covered in the publicly available materials on separation and divorce. That is: How do you tell your children that you’re separating?
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Up to 90% of adolescents use one or more of the social networking sites – Bebo, My Space or Facebook are examples – and that’s a lot of young people socialising with a computer screen
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However well it goes, there are times when step-parenting presents a significant challenge, especially in the early years.
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Nine-year old James is never ready for school on time. It doesn’t matter how much his parents nag or threaten, he is always late.
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Children with attention deficit /hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are constantly distractible, impulsive and unusually active. They may also have other serious behavioural, emotional and learning problems which can get them into an awful lot of trouble if ADHD is not recognised and treated.
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