The Parent Practice is regularly invited to give parenting tips and guidance to the press and television about many aspects of parenting in today's world. The Parent Practice specialises in those everyday parenting issues which every family faces and has come up with tried and tested strategies for dealing with them. The Parent Practice is a leading voice on parenting matters in the UK and beyond.
Elaine Halligan contributes to this article, and the debate, about a group of 16 schools in Cheshire who say that allowing [younger] children to play [computer] games containing unsuitable levels of violence and sexual content is neglectful.
"Halligan said games such as Call of Duty had 15-rated versions that were “cleverly created to fill the gap and suck young people into the franchise”.
“So I absolutely get why they [the headteachers] are doing it – it’s because children do need to be protected from technology. But to get the social services involved is an absolute disaster, because it starts telling parents that we don’t trust you to be responsible for your children.”
Elaine Halligan helps answer a Smallish reader's question on how to get her young daughter to brush her teeth.
They say children don’t come with a manual, and yet here I am sitting with a weighty parenting handbook that I hope will lead me to a more harmonious existence; one where my high-octane boys don’t argue or shout at every simple request. We’ve instigated numerous star charts, naughty steps, multiple warnings, counting down from five, ignoring ‘bad’ behaviour and only praising ‘good’ – all with only ever temporary results. I fear the problem lies squarely with my own inconsistency, and so I decide to ask the experts for advice. Elaine Halligan of The Parent Practice cuts straight to the heart of the problem as she sees it. “We are parenting in a different century to our own parents and somehow we’ve lost our confidence from listening to the experts.” I mentally run through the assortment of parenting books sitting on my bedside table, promising solutions, sleep and sanity. Elaine laughs: “Don’t trust the experts. You are the expert in your boys.”
Remember the excitement you felt when you got a set of pencils with your name-embossed on them? These days, personalisation is everywhere. So what happened – and is it good for our kids?
In a world where blogging, vlogging and selfie-taking are just day-to-day activities, is it any surprise that a big area of retail growth is in personalised gifts? Not really. We're all naturally a bit egocentric and children are even more so. What could be more exciting for a child than seeing their own name on a toy, stationery item or book?
Earlier this year, Daddy T and I went to a parenting workshop taster class at family club Purple Dragon in Chelsea, and this week we were delighted to be invited to a workshop on positive discipline. We’ve both really enjoyed learning more about how to become better parents from the experts at The Parent Practice, which offers courses and workshops in Chelsea, Kensington, Clapham, Wimbledon, Earlsfield and Kew.
Most parents feel a sense of loss when their child starts university, regardless of how tough those teenage years have been.
"I cried all the way home after saying goodbye to my son when he started university." This was not the confession of some tender-hearted mother, but a father who was a senior teacher at my son's school.
If they are the last child to leave home it can suddenly be very quiet. You no longer need to buy vast quantities of food, the washing machine doesn't run constantly, you don't collect dirty mugs from every corner of the house or listen for the key in the front door when they come in at 2am.
You might even begin to think that these were not so bad after all.....click on the link below to see the complete article
Elaine Halligan, director of The Parent Practice, is a contributer to this article
Juliet Richards of The Parent Practice shares how she and her family survive and thrive in the Digital Jungle