January 2017 Newsletter from The Positive Parenting Project
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Tips for a happier healthier family

January 2017

The New Year is a time to take stock, reflect on the habits we have fallen into (good and bad) and make choices. Looking after yourself is one of the key principles of positive parenting - it is much harder to rise to the challenges of parenting if we don't take care of our own needs. So this month we have a little gift for you in the form of a guided meditation to help you relax (it will work for your children too!). If setting goals around work-life balance is one of your resolutions, then you will enjoy this post on how to stop juggling and start living. There is a review of a new parenting book brilliantly titled The Guilt-Free Guide to Motherhood plus practical guides on tacking toddlers who are picky eaters and managing teenagers' sleep patterns
Wishing you a Happy Healthy New Year from The Positive Parenting Project!

New Year, New You? 
The lure of a fresh start is very appealing. But what if the key to a happier you is just to be you? This beautiful guest post by Louise Kelly will lead you through a visualisation meditation to help you destress and find clarity.  Read more...
Time to stop juggling and start living? 
If you really want to address your work-life balance you will need to do some uncomfortable thinking. You'll have to challenge your own deeply held beliefs, question things you regard as givens, and prioritise according to your own goals (rather than other people's). Here are a few ideas to start you thinking.  Read more...
The Guilt-Free Guide to Motherhood 
As mothers we constantly measure ourselves against elusive (and often contradictory) ideals of motherhood. Those images are so strong that we can find ourselves warped out of shape trying to conform to them (and then feeling like a failure when we can't). This new book by Kirsten Toyne is a great antidote to that guilt-inducing search for perfection. A great read for new and expectant mothers.  Read more...
How to avoid food battles with picky eaters 
It's all very well having good intentions when it comes to feeding your kids healthy food but what if your little one simply won't eat it? If you've found yourself locked in daily food battles then take a deep breath, step away from the blame game and try these seven simple steps to take the heat out of mealtimes  Read more...
Help your teen get a good night's sleep 
The thing about teenagers and sleep is that they need a lot of it. But they don't always want it (or they don't want it at times that fit in with the rest of the world's schedule!). Helping teenagers to develop healthy sleep habits can make a major contribution to their overall wellbeing and success. So here are a few thoughts on how parents can help.  Read more...
Parenting support in the workplace
Do you work for a family friendly employer? With a quick easy booking process and a straightforward value-for-money fee structure, booking The Positive Parenting Project to provide workplace parenting support couldn't be simpler. Perfect for showcase events or for ongoing talent retention, diversity & inclusion and wellbeing programmes.  Read more...
Catch up on these previous editions of The Positive Parenting Project newsletter:
  • Building children's self-esteem (November 2016): tips for building children's self-esteem and positive self-talk
  • Making the most of school (October 2016): tips for ensuring pre-schoolers are 'school ready', avoiding school stress and getting teens/tweens self-organising
  • Promoting Independence (September 2016): stress-free morning routines, untidy teenagers, leaving children home alone and coping with separation anxiety.
  • Summer reading list (July 2016): inspire your children with a love of books and catch up on some essential parenting reading
  • Managing emotions (May 2016): helping children recognise and express their emotions and tackling negative thinking
  • Positive parenting for every eventuality (April 2016): a round up of essential positive parenting strategies for tots, tiddlers, tweens and teens
  • Positive co-parenting (February 2016): tips for working as a team with your co-parent, whether you are together or apart
  • Balancing work and family (November 2015): practical parenting solutions to improve your work-life balance and make the most of time with your children
  • Children's brains (July 2015) - what every parent needs to know about children's brains to decode their behaviour and support learning
The Positive Parenting Project is a social enterprise that promotes positive long term outcomes for children by supporting parents/carers to use effective parenting strategies and create a family environment that meets everyone's needs.

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