July 2015 Newsletter from The Positive Parenting Project
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What's going on in children's brains?

July 2015

This month our Positive Parenting Newsletter is all about brains. Understanding how (and when) children's brains develop can help parents decode children's behaviour and support their learning. We have tips on recognising your child's unique learning style, a sneak peek inside toddlers' brains, and a quick guide to the rewiring that's going on in your teenager's brain. There's a review of a book that claims to help you challenge your child's negative thinking and a competition to win a copy of David Baddiel's new children's book The Parent Agency. All this and other news from The Positive Parenting Project.

Why can't toddlers walk from A to B without getting distracted by a leaf?
Toddlers brains are only half finished. As a result, toddlers think in fundamentally different ways from adults. For a toddler, the impossible is just as likely to be true and the laws of physics don't yet exist. Read more...
What's going on in my teenager's brain?
Teenagers might look like grown ups on the outside but, just like toddlers, major development work is going on inside their skulls. In order to transform from children into adults, teenagers’ brains undergo a major rewiring to increase their transmission speed and weed out unnecessary connections. Read more...
Children's Learning Styles
You might have noticed that identifying children’s learning styles is a hot topic in schools. But what does this really mean? How do you do it? And how can parents use children’s learning styles to support their development? Read more...
Help! Is my toddler OCD?
"He's got toddler OCD" is a phrase I have heard countless times from parents of 2 and 3 year-olds. Sometimes said with a laugh, sometimes with real concern. My response? "Excellent!" Why excellent? Well, in crude terms, repeated actions are the foundation of abstract thinking. Read more... 
Book Review: The Optimistic Child
This a book which will give hope to parents of children with poor self-esteem. Right from the start it makes crystal clear the links between pessimistic thinking and low self-esteem and it is packed with practical exercises for parents to use to recognise and tackle their child’s negative habits of mind. It is immensely readable, cogent, inspiring and practical. Read more...

Why changing parenting habits is difficult
Why is it so hard to wipe the slate clean and really do things differently? Every time I head to the kettle to make a cup of tea I rehearse in my head all the reason I shouldn’t have a biscuit and yet at least once a day I walk away from the kettle holding two biscuits. At its heart, habit is just repeated behaviour that is all linked up together. Read more...

Competition time!
Win a copy of David Baddiel's children's book The Parent Agency. To enter, just 'Like' The Positive Parenting Project on Facebook and the winner will be pulled out of a hat on 10th July. Good Luck!
Catch up on previous editions of The Positive Parenting Project newsletter:
  • 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 Health Issue (Feb 2015) - signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses, where to go if you are concerned about a child's mental health and tips on talking to children about sex and relationships
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