September 2015 Newsletter from The Positive Parenting Project
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Helping children cope with change

September 2015

School holidays are over and change is in the air. As well as tips on helping children cope with change, we have specific ideas on preparing your child for a new baby, a discussion on introducing a new partner to your children and (for those of you with children turning into teenagers) a Beginner's Guide to Parenting Teenagers. Plus a personal change story about becoming a single parent. All this and other news from The Positive Parenting Project.

Helping children cope with change
Change can be very stressful, whether it's positive or negative change. Even 'good' emotions (like excitement) can be overwhelming in large doses for children - just think how frequently the birthday boy or girl ends up in tears before, during or after the party! Read more...
Preparing your child for a new baby
A new baby means big changes for the whole family. Second (or third) time around, you've got a pretty good idea what's coming. But your toddler has no idea what's about to hit them and there's a good chance they won't particularly like it when it happens. A new baby mean lots of things toddlers don't like: sharing toys, sharing the limelight, sharing mummy, well, sharing in general! Read more...
Introducing a new partner to your children
Introducing a new partner to your children can be daunting: there are life-changing implications for all involved. But it is a bridge that more and more parents and children (and new partners) have to cross. Talk to a room full of parents and you will hear a wide range of experiences, from heart-warming accounts of blended families that have brought love and value to every family member's life, to long-term estrangements, rifts and rejection. Read more...
Help! I've got a teenager!
Is your child turning into a teenager? Has the transition to secondary school brought new routines, challenges, and behaviour? Then you need our Beginner's Guide to Parenting Teenagers! Covering everything you need to know in five easy rules, it will set you on the right course in this new stage in your parenting journey. Read more... 
Becoming a single parent: the change curve
Becoming a single parent was both the worst and the best thing that has happened to me. At the time, it was devastating: I felt I had screwed up my life and my children’s lives. Fundamentally. Irreversibly. Unforgivably. I had failed at the most basic level of being a parent, I had broken something that could never be fixed or replaced. Read more...

Parenting courses
Would you like to do a parenting course but can't commit to attending a weekly class? Triple P Online is a fantastic web-based solution for busy parents. Suitable for parents/carers of children aged 1-11 years, it covers all the same issues and strategies as an 8-week group but in an easy-to-access online package. Check out this sneak preview or contact us for more information.

Catch up on previous editions of The Positive Parenting Project newsletter:
  • Sleep issues (August 2015) - developing healthy sleep habits in preschoolers and teenagers and parents too!
  • 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 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.