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October 2016 Newsletter from The Positive Parenting Project
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Helping children make the most of school

October 2016

This month's newsletter from The Positive Parenting Project is all about how parents can help children to do their best at school. There are tips for helping pre-schoolers develop the necessary skills to be 'school ready', strategies for getting teenagers to self-organise and ideas for taking the heat out of homework. There's also a discussion on how parents can support children to do well without creating school stress and a reminder to do a little less this Go Home On Time Day (5th October).

Is your preschooler ready to start school'? 
Contrary to popular belief, being able to read, write or do arithmetic are the least important skills that a pre-schooler needs to be ready to start school. In fact, only 4% of teachers rate these as important factors in 'school readiness'. So what is school readiness, why is it important and what can parents do to help their pre-schoolers get off to a flying start at school? Read more
Teaching teens/tweens self-organisation skills
Do find yourself nagging your teen every day not to forget their planner/pencil case/ruler/calculator/PE Kit/lunch (or all of the above)? Then it is time to hand over control and teach them some basic self-organisation and planning skills. Here are a few simple ideas to get you started. Read more
How do I stop the nightly homework fights?
Every school night - at desks, computers and kitchen tables across the country - weary parents pitch into battle over what homework needs to be done, when, how and how good is good enough? If homework fights are ruining your precious family time, here are my top tips for taking the heat out of homework. Read more...
Are you piling on too much school stress?
According to the NSPCC, there has been a 200% increase in the number of young people seeking counselling for exam stress. One of the key issues identified by children (of all ages) who experience school stress is not wanting to disappoint parents. We all want our children to be successful and reach their full potential but where is that fine line between encouraging children and piling on the pressure? Read more
Is it time to do a little less?
This week is National Work-Life Week and Wednesday October 5th is Go Home On Time Day when working parents are encouraged to go home on time and do something nice with their children. It's a great opportunity to rethink work-life balance. However you spend your evening, make a moment to connect with your children if you can.
Parenting support for working parents
The Positive Parenting Project offers parenting seminars and problem-solving clinics in the workplace to support working parents on all issues relating to children and parenting. Or, if you want to learn more about positive parenting in your own time then check out our online parenting course, individual coaching and parenting self-help workbooks. Because children don't come with a manual!
Catch up on these previous editions of The Positive Parenting Project newsletter:
  • 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
  • Supporting learning and development (October 2015) - ideas to boost reading skills, handling homework and tips to get them talking
  • Children's brains (July 2015) - what every parent needs to know about children's brains to decode their behaviour and support learning
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