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August 2015 Newsletter from The Positive Parenting Project
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Developing good sleep habits

August 2015

This month our Positive Parenting Newsletter is all about sleep. We have tips on promoting good sleep habits for preschoolers and teenagers, sleep tips for frazzled parents, and a reminder to slow down and just love your children this holiday. There's also an update on The Children's Society's Seriously Awkward campaign to protect vulnerable teenagers. All this and other news from The Positive Parenting Project.

Teenagers and sleep: developing good habits
Teenagers need a lot of sleep. But they don't always want it at times that fit in with the rest of us. Parents who have not experienced sleep issues since the toddler years can suddenly find themselves sleep-deprived from waiting up late at night for their teenager to go to bed. Read more...
A working mum's plea for help!
My four-year-old son wakes up at night and comes into our room. I've tried taking him back to his own bed but he just comes back again. If I let him sleep in our bed he wriggles and keeps me awake. My work is suffering, I'm utterly exhausted and desperate for him to sleep through the night! What can I do? Read our response...
Slow down and love your children this holiday
We all love our children, right? Surely there's nothing else to say on the matter. But when you stop and think about it, what does that love actually feel like and how do we express it? More often than not I know I love my children because of the other emotions I feel: a chest full of pride, a rush of anxiety, a nagging fear. Read more... 
Sleep boosts mental wellbeing
Lack of sleep is a common sign of stress (or just of being a parent!) but it can have profound health implications if long term. Investing in a good night's sleep is good for your wellbeing and makes it much easier to be a calm consistent parent during the day. If you struggle to get a good night's sleep, try these tips
Seriously Awkward Teenagers
I am delighted to have been asked by The Children's Society to be a campaign ambassador for their #SeriouslyAwkward campaign to change the legal framework to protect vulnerable teenagers from sexual exploitation. It is a campaign that resonates very personally for me. Find out more about the campaign and how you can help here.

Workplace parenting seminars and clinics
Do you work for a family-friendly employer? The Positive Parenting Project delivers parenting seminars and 1:1 clinics in the workplace especially for working parents. We also provide workshops and coaching in your own home plus online parenting courses and self-study workbooks. Get in touch if you'd like to know more.

Catch up on previous editions of The Positive Parenting Project newsletter:
  • Children's brains (July 2015) - what every parent needs to know about children's brains to decode their behaviour and support learning
  • Reducing Conflict (June 2015) - strategies for managing fighting and aggression and sibling conflict, plus anger management for adults and teens
  • Essential Reading (May 2015) - tips for engaging kids in reading, plus reviews of parenting books and signposting for children with communication difficulties
  • The Food Issue (Apr 2015) - dealing with picky eaters, healthy eating for positive mental attitude and helping children develop a positive body image
  • Supporting Wellbeing (Mar 2015) - managing stress and emotions (yours and theirs!) plus creating work-life balance to increase wellbeing
  • The Health Issue (Feb 2015) - signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses, where to go if you are concerned about a child's mental health and tips on talking to children about sex and relationships
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