How to explain the COVID-19 pandemic, and other bad news, to children

Mar 19 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and whilst many of us see the news and social media as a source of vital information, it can also be overwhelming for many of us, especially young children. Children do need to be informed of the facts during this pandemic and be advised on how they can help prevent the spread of infection, because it is unlikely that they will be able to avoid the topic of COVID-19.

Education charity City Lit experts have shared guidance on how parents, teachers and guardians can explain COVID-19 and other ‘scary’ or ‘bad’ news to children to help reduce anxiety.

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Four ways to reward a child for good behaviour and performance in school

Feb 23 2020

Last year I attended a local parenting course in Wandsworth to prepare myself for the challenges ahead of bringing up a teenager. We discussed a lot about ways to reward a child for good behaviour and / or excellent performance at school.

It is important to motivate children and reward them when they do something right or when they display emotional intelligence through a particularly sympathetic behaviour towards other people.

Children respond well to rewards and will continue their good behaviour if their actions are reinforced with a positive reaction from their parents or teachers.

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The Sharent Trap

Jan 31 2020

Parents have a lot to fret about in these digital days. Newsletters from school and articles on the Internet coach us about monitoring our children’s activity and time on the Internet. But what if the greatest threat to children’s online well-being doesn’t come from strangers, peers, social media or screen time? What if the danger has less to do with their social media activity, and more to do with yours?

The buzzword for disclosing information about our kids online is ‘sharenting’, and it is a huge phenomenon. Over 90% of American children have digital footprints by the age of 2, and by the time the average child is 5, they have had 1500 images of them shared online.

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