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February 2017 Newsletter from The Positive Parenting Project
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Keeping children safe (but still independent)

February 2017

We'd all love to wrap our children up in cotton wool and make sure no harm ever comes to them. But that simply isn't possible and we wouldn't be doing them any favours if we did. This month's newsletter is all about keeping children safe while still fostering their independence. That's not always an easy balance. It involves allowing our children freedom to roam and teaching them the skills they need to look after themselves safely. There will always be difficult decisions (see How much freedom at what age?) and we may have to face uncomfortable thoughts about abuse and exploitation.

How much freedom at what age? 
Some of the hardest decisions parents face are around how much freedom to give at what age. What is the correct curfew time for a 14-year-old? At what age is it ok for them to go shopping with their friends? Take a train by themselves? Have a girlfriend/boyfriend over? And what about parties? This guide might help. Read more...
Children need room to roam 
In the modern world, keeping children safe often means keeping children indoors. That increased time indoors is having a negative impact on children's bodies and brains. So how can modern parents give children more room to roam to help them thrive? Read more...
Is your child ready to stay home alone? 
The decision on when your child is ready to be left home alone is not always straightforward. The law is not much help as it doesn't specify an age. Ultimately, it is up to parents to decide whether your teen/tween is old enough. So what factors do you need to consider? Read more...
Sexual exploitation: thinking the unthinkable 
One of my biggest fears is online grooming. The dangers lurking online are very real. As a parent, my instinct is to push those thoughts away and seek refuge in denial. But, as a professional, I know that denial is dangerous. Read more...
News from The Positive Parenting Project
This month, Anita has been featured in the Huffington Post and has been lending her expertise to Tesco Baby Club and the Daily Mail. She has also been ranting about the bad news for work-life balance in the Modern Families Index 2017.

Lots of employers have signed up to deliver workplace parenting sessions in support of Children's Mental Health Week (6-12th February). Get in touch to find out how we can support your workplace wellbeing strategy.

The Positive Parenting Project has a new logo! And the website has been revamped to include more of your lovely testimonials - please do take a look.
Catch up on these previous editions of The Positive Parenting Project newsletter:
  • Happier healthier families (January 2017): relaxation tips, how to reset your worklife balance, plus tackling picky eating and teenage sleep patterns
  • 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
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