Blue Monday: Tips on beating January blues for new parents  

Jan 09 2022

With ‘Blue Monday’ approaching (17th January), many people are looking for a little mood pick me up. Celebrated author Dr. Harvey Karp (Happiest Baby on the Block) has created special tips for new parents to beat the January blues. 

“Raising tiny humans is one of the most joyful jobs in the world, but it’s also very hard work! Between all the responsibilities, lack of sleep, adjusting to a new routine… it’s fair to say it can be overwhelming. Both new mums and new dads can suffer from postpartum depression and anxiety and as Blue Monday approaches, it’s important to look after the super-humans raising our future!

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Educating teenagers to develop emotional intelligence

Jan 06 2022

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise and respond effectively to emotions.  When your teenager is able to practice and develop these skills it allows him or her to build strong relationships, make good decisions and deal with difficult situations.

But connecting emotionally to your teenager can be hard. Teenagers can be defensive and brittle, they strive for independence and are often deeply critical and rejecting of a parent’s advice. So how can you best develop the kind of relationship with your teenager that will help them to develop the skills of emotional intelligence?

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Air Scares: Young British children more scared of hand dryers than the dark

Jan 03 2022

Young children in the UK are more likely to fear hand dryers than the dark a new survey has found. 

A survey this week revealed that manussiccusphobia, a phobia of hand dryers, is one of the top ten fears in UK children, more so than monsters, ghosts, nightmares, sharks, doctors and even ‘bad guys’.  

Some 38 per cent of parents surveyed reported that their children were frightened of hand dryers, compared to 35 per cent of those scared of the dark.

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