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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.

Melissa Hood addresses a readers question: My six-year- old son is still sucking his thumb.Could it be causing damage to his teeth and general development?

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For more tips and strategies to help you help your children deal with change see our Parenting Guide 'Dealing with Change'

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The new parenting gurus: Meet the experts helping us to negotiate the minefield of raising children today.

Melissa Hood and Elaine Halligan are named by the Mail on Sunday as two of the leading parenting experts in the UK

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We all know bribery doesn’t work. Stop yourself falling into the habit with invaluable advice from Elaine Halligan of The Parent Practice

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?'

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Melissa Hood responds to a readers question: 'My two-year-old's nap time has been a nightmare recently. She still needs to nap, but how do I keep a toddler in bed when she does not want to be there?'

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Zoe Brennan (the mother of 4) has a session with Melissa Hood of The Parent Practice to discover what parenting classes are all about

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