Mandy Stopard

Child behaviour specialist

Child Behaviour Blog

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How to get children to say sorry and mean it…

Children who have shown some difficult and unpleasant behaviour will often dig their heels in and refuse to apologise or they may say sorry in a perfunctory way just to get on with their day and get the adult ‘off their back’. Needless to say, this is usually because they aren’t sorry at all. They are still emotional and unrepentant.

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8 Lockdown Homeschooling Tips

Aim to relax, cut yourself some slack, and try to be realistic about what can be achieved. It’s impossible to replicate school and probably not good for anyone.  A stressed educator who tries to cram too much in and push a child against their will won’t get great results.

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Tips for Whingers and Whiners

Sometimes whingey behaviour can be partly a sign of upset due to feeling under the weather or otherwise emotionally or physically uncomfortable. There may be some difficulty with expressing what is really wrong.

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Smoother Routines

Children’s behaviour often causes concern when there is a need to get out of the house, get ready for bed or complete any series of tasks.

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Smacking Avoidance

We’ve heard that the Welsh government is about to ban parents from smacking their children.In England reasonable physical chastisement by parents can be seen as lawful in some situations, but the general consensus is that smacking isn’t an appropriate way to manage children’s behaviour.

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Top 10 Parent Tips for Dealing with Anxious Children

Don’t avoid the subject or pretend it isn’t happening. Be upfront and understanding about their feelings without becoming upset yourself or giving the impression they are right to be anxious. So if your child is uptight about going to a Doctor’s appointment let her know that you can see she is on edge about it all.

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Tips for Screen Time Management

As I work alongside parents it usually becomes clear that electronic screens are a cause of concern and anxiety. Parents tend to feel ‘out of control’ as they see their children utterly engrossed in their own screen world, to what seems like an unhealthy degree. Mums and Dads wonder about how to tackle the issue and the limits they should place on their children.

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