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Melissa Hood answers a readers question: My six-year-old daughter is so bossy, insisting on doing everything her way, that her friends end up not wanting to play with her. What can I do ?
By Elaine Halligan of The Parent Practice
I am the parent of a child who is different and these differences have meant that he has been difficult to parent. His temperament is sensitive, intense and impulsive, and these traits have meant that both at home and at school his behaviour has been problematic. So problematic that by the age of seven he was asked to leave his third school in as many years.
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One of the biggest parenting challenges in this materialistic world is bringing up children to be appreciative and to value their possessions. We know children have so much, yet it is difficult not to spoil them at times. Many working parents say they often fall into the guilt trap and find themselves over-indulging their kids. There is almost an irresistible urge to buy them things when they respond with, “You’re the best Mummy in the world!” But this can lead children to talk about nothing but possessions, and getting them to be cooperative becomes all about: “What will I get for doing this?”. If this happens, you’ve fallen into the bribery trap and it’s a deep, dark place to get out of.
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Melissa Hood responds to a readers question: 'Mornings have become mayhem at home. I end up screaming at the children, nagging and making wild threats, which leaves me feeling guilty and the children very upset too. How can I make the morning routine calmer?'