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May 2015 Newsletter from The Positive Parenting Project
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Positive Parenting: essential reading

May 2015

There's a bit of a book theme to this month's newsletter, with tips for engaging kids in reading (Books to light your boy's fire) and a new series of parenting book reviews (we'll read the parenting books for you and let you know if they're worthwhile!). And a useful reminder about the key principles of positive parenting (Help, the kids are driving me mad!). Plus other news from The Positive Parenting Project.

Parenting Book Reviews
Welcome to our new series in which we read parenting books for you so you can decide whether or not they are worth your time. We kick off with Life After Birth (by Kate Figes) and Why Love Matters (by Sue Gerhardt), both of which are aimed at new mothers. If there is a book you would like reviewed (or if you'd like to review a book for us) then let us know
Encouraging kids to read
Is your son a reluctant reader? Then check out our recommendations for books to light your boy's fire (from 7yrs to teenagers). You will also find lots of book recommendations and useful advice for all age groups on Lovereading4kids. Nursery rhymes and songs are the first step towards reading for babies and toddlers - but if you are rubbish at holding a tune and can't quite remember the words to Knick Knack Paddy Whack then head over to Words for Life for a refresher (and maybe learn some new ones!).
Communication Difficulties?
Over one million children in the UK have communication difficulties. If you are worried about your child's communication skills, or looking for support services, then the leading children's communication charity I CAN has a great website called Talking Point which outlines the ages and stages of children's language and communication development with free ideas and resources for parents. 
Help, the kids are driving me mad!
Parents often ask "How can I stop my children doing X?" The first step is to turn it around and think about how you want them to behave instead. Do they behave that way ever? How do you respond? Nine times out of ten parents have fallen into the trap of paying more attention to the behaviour they want to stop than to the behaviour they want to encourage. Read more...
Parenting Teenagers
Want to learn more about positive parenting strategies for teenagers? The Triple P Parenting Teenagers self-help workbook covers all the same information as an 8-week parenting teenagers course but with the added convenience of being able to read it on the train or dip in and out as time permits. For advice and information on whether this is the right book for you, contact us. Or find out more about our workplace workshops and seminars for parents of teenagers on our website.

 
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