Most parents experience concern and anxiety when their children and their peers start to drink alcohol.
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While many parents with teenagers will recall “sneaky peeks” at adult magazines during their youth, the Internet has made hard-core pornography widely available to today’s teens
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One of the biggest problems with setting goals is that we often set ourselves (and others) up to fail. By making a goal too big at the start, we lose hope as we begin to realise how long it’s going to take to reach it. And when hope declines, motivation declines.
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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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The transition to parenthood for the first time is unsettling, exciting, and profound
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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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There is a myth that motherhood is always wonderful, and that all other mothers cope magnificently. Unfortunately, there is a stigma attached to not coping, and mothers are reluctant to say when things are not going well.
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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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9-year old James says homework’s too hard. However, his teachers say that he’s very intelligent, so how can it be too hard? James picks through his food and takes longer than others. He seems “hyped up”, unable to settle down, and it’s late before he finishes his evening routines and goes to sleep. His parents worry that “he’s not achieving his potential”, “he doesn’t have many friends, or can’t maintain his friendships”, “he just doesn’t listen”, and there are arguments and temper outbursts.
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