Home-made Kids: A Journey Through Adolescence

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2003 - Child rearing - 221 pages
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Each stage in a child's development has its own ups and downs, and its focus. We often wonder whether our children will ever pass the 'terrible tens' or the monosyllabic fourteens! Our role is to bring them to maturity, and some degree of independence, by their eighteenth birthday. There are many subtly different shades of management that apply to each stage, during this eighteen-year journey. It is one of the greatest tasks with which the human being is confronted. It is genuinely life altering. We are all products of our parents, yet few, if any of us, have any training in parenting. Former Daily Mail columnist Peter Gilchrist takes us through the trials and tribulations that can occur when our children are growing up, and offers invaluable advice on how to deal with the trickiest of situations.
 

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Contents

Your Issues and How They Affect the Family Unit
1
Can you be a pal and a parent?
3
How to stay amicable for your childrens sake after separation
5
Single parents and divorce
10
Step parents
15
How robust should our support be for our children?
18
Keeping your cool
22
Jealousy can we be jealous of our children?
25
Comfort eating
99
Children who are constantly feigning illness
101
Bullying
105
Dont tell tales
108
Conflict between our children
112
Tweenies is your daughter a tweeny?
116
Bolshie teenagers
118
How to teach your children to listen
120

What do you do if a parent prefers one child to another?
27
Do grandparents spoil?
30
The travelling parent
32
Passive smoking
35
The family as a Team and You are the Manager
39
Discipline spare the rod
41
Pocket money
43
Expensive football strips
46
Christmas and surviving it
49
The very bright younger sibling
54
A place in the sun for each twin
57
Drugs understanding and management
59
Pop idols and their influence
71
Pets are not just for fun
73
Bereavement and how it affects us all
77
The emerging young adult
83
The first time children holiday unaccompanied
85
Common Issues and What You Can Do
89
Attention seeking
91
Stealing
92
Lying
97
My childs unfortunate friends
122
Does my child have to be competitive?
126
Information and Communication Technology A curse or a blessing?
129
Teen crush
138
Teenage Sexuality
143
Teenage pregnancy
147
Young people and alcohol
150
Leaving the nest
155
Collaborating to Manage Academic Stress
159
Homework
161
Can our children work too hard?
166
Controlling exam nerves
169
Gifted and talented children
177
Is Your Child Struggling at School?
183
Dyslexia
185
Dyspraxia
192
Attention Deficit with or without Hyperactivity Disorder ADDADHD
196
Aspergers syndrome
203
Glossary
211
Index
217
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