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.
Complete this sentence: “When I grow up, I want to be…” Most of us will have filled in the blank a long time ago (though for a few of us, it’s an ongoing dilemma). Nowadays, it’s far more likely to be your own child proclaiming his or her future ambitions. The questions is, what will they say? Ballerina? Astronaut? Or is the answer a little closer to home?
Melissa Hood, director of The Parent Practice, contributes to this article in Smallish Magazine which reflects on a recent survey commisioned by John Lewis Home Insurance that revealed that a majority of children would like to be a teacher, or another caring professional, when they become adults....
Elaine Halligan shares her 5 point plan for discipline without the step...
Melissa Hood, Director of The Parent Practice answers a reader's question "I'm finding it difficult to my four year old to focus. What are some a better attention span in younger children?"
Elaine Halligan contibutes to this article about preparing for your second child
Elaine Halligan offers some brief insights into sibling squabbles in this article by Anna Maxted from the Daily Mail
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 joins a conversation discussing the news that Head teachers threaten to contact the police over children playing 18-Rated vidoe games. Elaine's contribution starts about 2 minutes into the discussion.
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?