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Calmer, Easier, Happier Screen Time

Calmer, Easier, Happier Screen Time

Calmer, Easier, Happier Screen Time
Half-Term Tips

CEHP Half-Term Tips

Half-Term Tips video
Descriptive Praise

Descriptive Praise: The Greatest Motivator

Descriptive Praise
PODCASTS
Raising girls

What are some of the key issues should you consider when raising girls? How do you encourage your daughter to take physical risks or deal with friendships. In what ways can you limit media and also use research so that you do not fall into the trap of labelling your daughters in ways that are out of step with who they want them to be? Listen to this podcast as Noël explores how parents can guide girls to become all that they can be.

Noël Janis-Norton Podcast
Raising boys

How do you encourage your son to be his best self? In what ways do you need to consider the expectations you have of boys? Discover the benefits of same-gender role models for your son. Find out how to appreciate the differences between your sons and your daughters, and how to respond to those differences. In this podcast Noël talks about the challenges of raising boys, and explains how you can bring out the best in your sons.

Noël Janis-Norton Podcast
How to deal with conflicting parenting styles

In this podcast Noel explores why it’s so important for parents to present a ‘united front’. Consistency reduces tension and confusion. The couple relationship feels better. Children and teens feel better and behave better. Noel then explains how parents can establish a clear, consistent approach to parenting, even though initially each parent is likely to view family issues differently, based on each one’s temperament, personality, experiences and values. (The interview starts at 31.50 in the podcast)

Noël Janis-Norton Podcast
ARTICLES
Sibling Rivalry - Part One

Why siblings squabble, compete with each other, annoy each other on purpose - and often make you want to leave them at the zoo!

This article is the first in a series about sibling rivalry. In these articles Noël explains all about sibling rivalry, and what you can do to significantly improve how your children interact with one another.

Noël’s approach and strategies will help you to guide your children to become more tolerant of each other, more patient with each other, and more friendly - most of the time! You’ll soon feel less stressed.

In Part One you’ll learn how to put into practice one of Noël’s highly effective strategies that will help you to radically reduce your children’s sibling squabbles.

Guiding Boys to Feel and Be Their Best Self: The Role of Fathers

In the following article, Noël explains the vital role that fathers play in bringing out the best in their sons, and how mothers can support fathers to step more fully into this important position in the family. She also addresses how fathers and mothers need to come together to function as a team, which can minimise tensions and enhance everyone’s enjoyment of family life.

Self-care for Parents

Just about every parenting book and every parenting article makes the point that we need to take care of our own emotional needs in order to be the parents we want to be. You may have heard this advice so many times already that it just feels like ‘Blah, blah, blah’, and your response may be a bored or disbelieving ‘Yeah, yeah…’

In this article, Noël will explain how to make good use of the best time of each day when you can focus
on your self-care.

Stress-busting tips for a Calmer, Easier, Happier 2021

Like most people, 2020 will probably have increased your family’s stresses. But taking time to learn and then put into practice some of Noël’s key parenting strategies can make family life more harmonious. And a calmer, happier home life will always help you to feel more resilient to face whatever new challenges may come in 2021. Read on to discover which strategies Noël recommends for busting through your parenting stresses…

Becoming a United Front:
A ‘Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting’ strategy to get 2021 off to a positive start

If you are:

  • finding that you frequently disagree with how your partner expects your children and teens to behave
  • feeling frustrated that you and your partner seem to use a different set of rules and standards about how to bring up your children
  • disheartened about resolving your parenting problems
  • wishing you could reduce resentments and increase enjoyment of your partner

Click the link below to learn about the strategies that can help you to become a United Front, and discover for yourself how much easier than you might have imagined it is to resolve your parenting issues.

Christmas Holiday 2020 Top Tips:

How to reduce hysterics to create a harmonious holiday season.

Christmas 2020 is likely to be a very different event compared to previous years. Your children will have had an abundance of time off school, and you may have had to spend many hours home-schooling your children while also juggling working from home. So the usual anticipation of the Christmas holidays may not hold the same buzz of excitement for you or your family...

Taking Care of Your Couple Relationship by Noel Janis-Norton

In long-term couple relationships both partners tend to gradually narrow the range of the activities they do together, the topics they talk about together, and the ways they show affection for each other. Research tells us that they even narrow the range of the types of clothing they wear and the language they use. This is known as being ‘in a rut’...

Extreme Temperaments in Children with Autism:
How Parents and Teachers Can Help

In almost every classroom, there are one or more children who have difficulties with learning or behaviour. In many cases, the children who find it difficult to learn are the same children who frequently misbehave. These children don’t only have problems at school, but also at home, at the playground, at Scouts, at Granny’s, at church, on the sports pitch and at parties...

Helping your children to be their best and do their best this school year

Parents often ask me what they can do to help their children to enjoy school more and to get the most out of school. Here are ten top tips that many ‘Calmer, Easier, Happier’ parents have found useful. You can start putting these strategies into practice at any point during the school year, and they will make a significant difference.

Calmer, Easier, Happier Screen Time: An Overview by Noel Janis-Norton

Are you worried that your children or teens are spending too much time in front of screens? You may have tried unsuccessfully in the past to curb screen time. Don’t give up. You don’t have to accept that this is just the way life is nowadays. Getting back in charge of the screens in your home may feel impossible or not worth the hassle...

Calmer, Easier, Happier Screen Time:
Twenty Top Tips for Getting Back in Charge by Noel Janis-Norton

Twenty tips, tools and techniques excerpted from the book ‘Calmer, Easier, Happier Screen Time’ by Noel Janis-Norton. Each of these suggestions is explained in more detail in this book.

Switching the Boy Brain on to Reading by Noel Janis-Norton

(excerpt from "Calmer, Easier, Happier Boys" published 2015 by Hodder & Stoughton)

Why boys need to become readers
Parents and teachers need to move heaven and earth to help boys become skilled and regular readers.
Here’s why....

Top Tips For Reading Aloud

(excerpt from “Calmer, Easier, Happier Homework” by Noël Janis-Norton)

Read to your child
Reading to our children is the most effective, as well as the easiest, quickest and most enjoyable, way to improve reading comprehension. Unless your child is a very skilled and confident reader, the books she is likely to choose to read for her own pleasure usually will not be particularly challenging. They will probably be within the comfort zone of words she can read without a struggle.....

The Never Ask Twice Method for Achieving the Habit of Cooperation

There are many times every day when our children are not doing anything wrong, but we have one eye on the clock so we want them to move on from what they are doing in order to start doing the next thing on our agenda.

We would like our children to respond as soon as we give an instruction, but often they’re so absorbed in what they’re doing that they barely seem to hear us. And even when they do hear, they don’t want to stop playing....

Fostering self-reliance

The ability to deal successfully with everyday situations, whether these situations are familiar or new, is one of the main building blocks of a child’s confidence and self-esteem. Confidence is all about knowing you can handle challenges. It is the attitude of “I can do it!” or “I’ve never done this before, but I’ll give it a try!”...

Summer Holidays Survival Tips

The school holidays can seem to last an awfully long time when you've got restless or squabbling children at home. Here are our top tips for keeping your children and teens happily occupied over the summer break...

Summer Holidays Can Lead to School Success

Help your children achieve their academic potential

  • Make a short list of the basic academic skills that you have noticed your children need to improve.
  • To help children learn to tackle schoolwork and homework independently, start by training them to play independently.
  • Limit screen time to one hour a day (a half-hour a day if under aged eight) to give children the opportunity to develop other, more intellectually challenging pastimes.....
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