Parenting Guides

The Parent Practice offers a wide range of affordable short Parenting Guides addressing a wide range of parenting issues. The Guides are available as downloads direct to your computer or mobile phone

Parents can help their children do the best they are capable of and help them feel confident and happy using the skills included in ths publication such as Descriptive Praise and Setting up for Success

There has been much concern in the UK and abroad about the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that permeates schools and children's lives across the developed world, creating unhealthy, stressed-out and unmotivated youth who are, moreover, unprepared for the realities of working life. In this publication we show what you can do as parents to motivate and encourage your children, help them find their 'success' and help them become independent and deal with, and bounce back from, the mistakes along the way.

Children often have difficulties coping with change. For some children these could be everyday minor transitions such as moving from one task to another or from one environment to another such as home to school. Or the changes they face may be much more significant such as dealing with bereavement or illness, moving house or school or the addition to the family of a new baby. Whatever the change children often need help dealing with a multitude of feelings which they frequently don’t understand. This Parenting Guide helps parents understand what is appropriate and normal behaviour for children dealing with change, how to encourage children to identify express and manage their feelings and how to prepare successfully for anticipated change.

Many parents anticpate homework time with as great a sense of foreboding as do their children.

Depending on the age of your children you may also be worried they are facing important exams soon and if they don't master reading and writing now schoolwork will be a struggle thereafter.

This Parenting Guide will help you understand what may be going on for your child and why they struggle with getting down to their homework. It will also provide you with the skills you need to make homework time rewarding and successful for all involved.

Learn how to create a set of rules and rewards in your household that evreyone is clear about and the children actually stick to. Learn consequences that are effective, avoid resentment and allow your children to learn

When parents establish a system of positive discipline it is more likely that their children will want to pleadse them. This is the key to acheiving cooperation. Learn the skills you need in this publication

How to foster harmony between siblings and other children and learn when and how to intervene effectively in disputes. Teach children to resolve their own disputes.

Do you feel the children rule the roost and that you are not in charge as a parent? Learn how to be in charge positively and constructively without punishment or threats.

This Parenting Guide looks at the inpact of divorce on children at different ages and in particular identifies signs that children may be struggling, whether physical or behavioural. It looks at how to help children deal with family separation, how to help them cope in the moment and continue to flourish thereafter

Our children will face all sorts of setbacks as they grow. This Parenting Guide shows parents how they can help their children deal with these by instilling in them a strong sense of self-esteem and teaching them coping strategies to deal with situations like bullying.

Today men are finding a voice in parenting which is often different from that expressed by their own fathers and they are redefining their role as Dads. Being a father presents men with many challenges to their patience, time, understanding, financial and emotional resources. This Parenting Guide shows you how to make the most of the time you have with your children and be both positive and firm.

Learn how to avoid shouting and loosing it. Practical ways to stay calm and have a much more positive atmosphere at home. Setting up for Success. Learn how to be more proactive and avoid the stress points of parenting.

To build a relationship with their children parents need to know how to listen to their children and teach them to accept and verbalise their feelings. This Parenting Guide shows you the skills of emotion coaching, why it is so important for both you and your child and how it will enrich your relationship.

Todays generation has access to an enormous range of electronic devices/computers/screens. Many parents are worried about how addictive these can become at the expense of all other activities. This Parenting Guide gives you steps and strategies to follow to manage the situation in your family to find the balance you want for your children.

Raising girls in the modern world is not easy and one areas that many parents find worrying is a tendency towards perfectionism and a consequent drop in self-esteem for their daughters. This is indeed problematic as extreme perfectionism is correlated with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other mental health problems. Just as important, even less extreme perfectionism can stop our children from reaching their potential and from being happy as they head towards adulthood. This Parenting Guide shows you ways to enhance your daughters self confidence, encourage communication, help address any issues around body image and help her to handle setbacks.

In the teenage years a perfectly nice child whom you knew how to handle can seem to turn into a stranger overnight. Old techniques and ways of disciplining them may not work or seem appropriate any more. You certainly can’t pick them up and make them go to their rooms and you may not be able to outsmart them any more either!

Teenagers also can sleep all day; break the rules; dress or speak inappropriately; not call to say where they are; hang out with wrong crowd; not do their homework; do dangerous things like drink, drugs, sex, driving recklessly, carrying knives; they can sulk or fly into rages, be deeply critical of parents but hypersensitive to any criticism of themselves; lurk in their bedrooms all day.....the list goes on.

In this potentially difficult environment parents need new skills to establish boundaries for their teens. This handount helps parents understand what is going on for their teens as they go through puberty - and also provides the skills parents need to set boundaries for their teenagers that will work for both you and them.

Every parent will know the moment when their buttons are being pushed and we often fly off the handle as a result - and then regret our actions later. This Paremting Guide shows us skills to 'press the pause button' and learn how to catch ourselves before we react in ways we regret - and thus give us time to react in a more constructive and positive fashion.

Effective communication with your teenager is the foundation on which your relationship will be built - yet the child you once talk to easily may now have grown into a a moody, sulky, hyper-sensitive person who takes everything you say as a criticism and you find yourself struggling to have any effective conversations. 

Parents need to approach communication with the teenagers in a different way to when they were younger and this Parenting Guide will give you the skills you will need. 

Our daughters are facing challenges and pressures in ways they never have before. As they go through life they will deal with pressure about appearance, earlier sexualisation, pressure to join in a drinking culture and consumerism and they may even be subject to anxiety and depression which manifests in some form of self-harm. Even at primary school-age, girls are dealing with unprecedented pressure to perform in school and to accumulate other extra-curricular accomplishments to get to the next rung on the academic, sporting or arts ladder.
At the same time girls are growing up in an era where the rhetoric is of ‘girl power’ where they are encouraged to believe they are capable of anything.
Girls sometimes struggle to voice what they need and how they feel. Sometimes their words come out mean. And then we parents struggle with words too. Parents need to help girls in their journey to wise, warm and strong women and for that we need to be able to communicate effectively with them.
We need to understand what they are trying to say to us and we need to talk to them in a way that won’t have them dismiss our words.


Relationships are very important to girls. At various stages in their lives they will have different needs from their relationships and will manage them differently but to be successful in this key area of their lives girls need some crucial social skills.

This Parenting Guide examines five different stages in a girl’s life and what she needs from relationships with parents and friends in each stage. It also examines practical strategies for parents in cultivating good friendship skills in their daughters, helping their daughters choose good friends and be good friends themselves. It looks at what to do when you don’t like your daughter’s friends and what to do when she falls out with her friends or she’s subject to bullying.

Boys can be full of energy and more physical than girls and can often be a bit of a mystery especially to their mothers! Understanding some of these characterisitics is the first step in learning to manage boys in a positive and effective way -  which in many cases will be different to how you might parent your duaghters. 

We all want to do the best for our sons and part of that is knowing what we are dealing with - understanding our sons and their world, their relationships, their worries, priorities, motivation, and their modus operandi. 

This Parenting Guide will help you better understand the world your boy's inhabit so you have the knowledge to give them what they need so they can be and do their best, whatever that will be!

Anxieties are very much on the rise in children and young people. 2.2% of children aged 5-10 (about 96,000)
and 4.4% of children aged 11-16 in the UK have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, a worry or fear, usually about something going wrong in the future. Anxiety is very closely linked to uncertainty and feeling out of control so helping a child to feel more in control is part of the solution.

Children can be fearful of many things, some of them imaginary and many of them irrational. It can be hard for an adult to understand their fears. Many worries are a normal part of growing up.

This Parenting Guide will help you spot anxiety in your children and what may be causing it and give you practical tips to help your children deal with it.

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