Author Archive | Martine Oglethorpe

Helping Children Grieve Part 3: Practical ways for parents to help their children cope with loss

My previous posts have looked at helping children grieve and how a childs age and development can determine their reaction to grief. I will finish this by looking at some concrete ways in which we can help support our children through these difficult times.   Provide a safe place for them to vent their emotions. This […]

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Helping Children Grieve

Grieving is a very personal experience and many of us will find that we deal with grief in very different ways. This of course,  is the same for children.  If a family has suffered the loss of a family member, friend or even a beloved pet, it is important that parents allow their children to grieve […]

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Picking the Battles With Our Children – Negotiable vs Non-Negotiable Rules

The family unit can only run smoothly when respect, rules and a clear set of boundaries are firmly entrenched. In my previous post, Saying No to our kids, I wrote about the need to instill in your children the notion of accepting that ‘no means no’.  This is often necessary for a childs safety, for the efficient functioning […]

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Saying No to our kids – without the arguments, tears and tantrums

How often do we respond to a childs request by saying ‘no’ only to be worn down by negotiations, arguments, tantrums, whining and over-explaining?   Saying “no” translates instead to, “I’ll begin by saying no, but depending on my mood, where we are, who is watching, our energy level and overall stamina…then keep trying and I may very well give in” We all […]

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