All good parents and teachers will know that it is easier to train someone to do something than it is to train them not to do something. This is because it is much simpler to encourage and incentivise positive behaviour than it is to discourage unwanted behaviour. Getting desirable behaviour is readily achievable through positive … Continue reading The Essence of Teaching Good Behaviour
A New Approach to Parental Control – Treating Children as Grown-ups
From a very early age, right through their development, children have to learn certain behaviours. It may be for their own safety and well-being or for the safety of others; it may be in terms of how they respect and behave in relation to other people; it may be with regard to the rules of … Continue reading A New Approach to Parental Control – Treating Children as Grown-ups
Letting Go of your Children
It’s a Saturday afternoon. I am with my daughter browsing the shops in a large shopping centre. We’ve had lunch and as we leave the food court I spot the toilets. I gesture towards the sign. “Do you need to go?” To my surprise I get a piercing “Really!!!” expression back from her. And then … Continue reading Letting Go of your Children
Parents – They Should All Receive Sales Training
You have a misbehaving child, prone to tantrums and disagreeability. You don’t seem to be able to get him to do as he is told. It’s always a battle to get him to do what you want. Who do you turn to for help and advice? Teachers, behavioural scientists, parental coaches, grandparents, psychologists, medical professionals … Continue reading Parents – They Should All Receive Sales Training
The Smoking Mum – Why Do It?
My suspicions are aroused! Whenever I see a young mother smoking, I am naturally suspicious. Medical advice is categorical in saying that pregnant women should not smoke (I would also argue that they should not smoke in that pre-conception period either) as it risks harm to the unborn baby. Smoking increases the risk of stillbirth, … Continue reading The Smoking Mum – Why Do It?
Brainpower – Use it or Lose it
I’m worried about my brain. I don’t think it’s working as well as it used to. I can’t remember things; I’m getting my words mixed up, I can’t find the right words to express myself. What is happening to me? Is it dementia? Alzheimer’s? Do I have a brain disease? Do I need to see … Continue reading Brainpower – Use it or Lose it
“I Blame The Parents” Where do children go wrong?
Everybody knows the argument. You’re not allowed to drive a car but you can have a baby. Having a baby requires no license, no permission, no training, no exams. It’s something, given the constraints of nature, that anybody can do anytime they like. The single most important act that people do – raising a child … Continue reading “I Blame The Parents” Where do children go wrong?
The Best Start in Life – Conceptual Parenting
Getting the best start in life is about having a good education .…wrong. Getting the best start in life is about being offered opportunities to utilise and develop potential ….. wrong. Getting the best start in life is about being in a supportive and nurturing family environment ..…wrong. These facets may all be beneficial, but … Continue reading The Best Start in Life – Conceptual Parenting
Genetic Parenting – Prioritising your Genes
Genetic Parenting is an aspect of parental behaviour evident throughout nature. The singular purpose of all living things is to pass on their genes to a new generation and, in so doing, seek to enhance their genetic prospects. This law of nature applies equally to humanity. Genetic Parenting is therefore about choosing the right … Continue reading Genetic Parenting – Prioritising your Genes
Pushing Asthma – A Possible Cause?
Nobody is really too sure as to what causes asthma. Many theories have been proposed. None have proven definitive as a scientifically accepted universal explanation. This article seeks to contribute to that debate by offering a less widely recognised reason why asthma may have become so prevalent over the last half century. Pushchairs have existed … Continue reading Pushing Asthma – A Possible Cause?