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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.

For all press enquiries, please contact Elaine Halligan on 0208 673 3444 or email The Parent Practice.

Here are a wide range of press articles and TV appearance to which we have contributed over the last few years.

Elaine Halligan’s amazing journey from desperate parent to proud mother and inspiring parenting coach

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Honeywell School did this write up about Elaine Halligan and The Parent Practice following a talk at the school in July 2019

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In an earlier life Elaine Halligan was a charter accountant. In this article she talks to CA Magazine about how her life took a competely different course and she ended up as a leading parenting coach.

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Elaine Halligan is profiled in the artile in the Daily Telegraph as one of the UK's leading parenting coach

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Elaine Halligan provides some advice to parents in this artile in the Daily Telegraph by Anna Maxted

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Melissa Hood, Founder of The Parent Practice talks to Stephanie May and provides parenting tips for raising resilient children

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1. My children are so competitive with each other! It drives me mad. They even have to race to the door to beat each other to let people in to the house! They complain whenever they see the other as getting some advantage. Why are they so ungenerous?

2. I have a daughter who is nearly 10 yrs old. I ask her to do something & she says wait or she says have patience. What should I be saying to her when I want her to do something like have a bath?

3. My older son's behaviour (he's 12 and quite behind emotionally and academically) had been awful recently. He had been extremely rude, swearing, kicking, breaking things, ordering us about, refusing to go to bed, shouting etc. We started using the pasta jar to acknowledge his good behaviour and it’s having a great effect with lots more cooperation. However... my younger son (9) who is very bright and wise for his years, is getting jealous. We have been rewarding my older son with pasta when he has been doing something that the younger one does routinely. What should we do?

4. When I was a kid my parents gave us ‘what for’ if we stepped out of line. I didn’t dare put a foot wrong. How do I get my child to respect me the way I respected them?

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In this article Elaine Halligan talks about her own experiences with her son Sam, the various SEN diagnoses he had and how she dealt with them 

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Elaine Halligan in conversation with Zoe Blaskey (38 min long)

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Melissa Hood responds to parents' questions:

1. I don’t want my son to talk about his feelings all the time. Men don’t want their friends to go on about how they feel. He needs to man up and just get on with it.

2. My 12 year old has tried smoking at school. I’ve told him all the reasons why it’s a bad idea but I think he’s still doing it. How do I stop him smoking?

3. My son is deceitful. He turns on the computer when I’ve said he can’t. No matter how much I tell him off or what punishment I give he still does it. I think he needs a more severe punishment that he’ll take notice of.

4. My seven year old daughter is being really uncooperative about swimming lessons. I feel it’s hugely important that all children learn how to swim and she just sits on the side of the pool and won’t do anything the teacher asks. He’s getting really fed up I can see. What bothers me is that she just won’t try. And I worry that she’s like that in other areas of her life too.

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