Calmer Easier Happier Parenting Of Girls By Melitsa (6 September 2012)
We know there are better ways to do things. It’s always worth learning from good practise and improving what we have. Join Noël Janis-Norton, author,teacher, trainer speaker learning and behavioural specialist has developed a practical, solution-focused approach parenting programme, called Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting as we talk about raising a girl.
WHETHER it’s your child’s play date persistently snatching the best toys, or a loudmouth kid on the bus shouting swear words, is it ever OK to discipline other people’s children? "It depends on what we mean by ‘discipline’," says Noel Janis-Norton, founder of the London-based Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting Centre. "Do we mean telling them off? Or do we mean teaching them?...
Why don't they like me? By Tanith Carey
A new theory claims that being an unpopular child is a learning difficulty, just like dyslexia – and the good news is that it can be treated
At the age of nine, Victoria is the type of child who the other girls in her class describe as "a bit weird". There's something about her body language – and the way she "hovers" at the edge of their games, but doesn't join in – which makes them uncomfortable. .....
It's NOT too late to change By Tanith Carey
WORK OUT WHY YOU'RE SPOILING THEM
As much as we hate to admit it, the reason our children are spoilt is because we give them so much without setting any limits. So first, work out why you feel the need to over-indulge them. Is it because you work long hours and feel guilty? Are you afraid your child won't love you if you say no? Or are you so busy trying to make your children's life perfect, you forgot to set restrictions? Or maybe you want them to have more than you did as a kid? It's only once you've worked out your own reasons that you're ready to change your child's behaviour. .....
The real Supernanny Behavior specialist Noel Janis-Norton offers her nipper know-how on the eve of another school year...
Noel Janis-Norton knows about backto- school days— she’s been guiding kids through them since finishing teacher training at New York University in the early 1970s. Throughout her career in education, and in raising two children of her own, Noel became a close study of some of New York’s more successful school teachers, and came to the conclusion that there wasn’t so much an “intrinsic quality” in a teacher that made kids behave — rather, there were certain techniques that any adult could use that lead to calmer, happier children. And parents.....
Is it too late to regain control of our kids? Lola Borg went to parenting classes and found that some techniques worked on her husband too…
There wasn’t one single event that made me realise things had to change in my house. Rather, it was the accumulation of too many little scenarios that felt horribly wrong.
I knew that underneath the surly, moody exteriors, my children – Frankie, 16 and Mary, 12 – were quite nice, but it was getting harder to feel any rush of affection for two lumps who were always hunkered down in front of The Simpsons and did nothing to help. They argued constantly and I was exasperated at having to referee. “Will you two stop shouting!” I frequently screeched. And yes, the irony did pass me by....
Mum's on a learning curve Yearning for peace and quiet at home?
Ever considered signing up for a parenting course?
"Why would you go on a parenting course?" my friends chorused when I told them I was signing up for a three-month stint. "Aren’t they just for people who are about to have their kids taken into care?" Not any more. Parenting courses are a boom industry. Across the country on any weekday night you will find groups of professional, middle-class parents taking notes in the hope of discovering the keys to everlasting family happiness.
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Why parents are flocking back to school Can you really learn to be a better mother?
Mention Parenting Courses around a dinner table and you'l elicit a fairly dismissive response. "Why would you go on a parenting course?" asked one friend. "Surely it's all common sense?" "Aren't they just for people who aren't coping?" queries another. Not any more.
School's out! Do parenting classes really work? and can you graduate with honours?
Two months ago, I embarked on a weekly parenting course. It's not something I ever imagined I'd do - I hate group things and the thought of spending mye evenings looking at flip charts rather than collapsing on the sofa with a glass of wine seemed incongruous to me. But I was curious...
Nanny helps parents take charge Two hard-to-control Tustin children give Noël Janis-Norton their best, but she knows sweet talk is irresistible.
TUSTIN - It starts so calmly, as a tornado must start.
Barely a ripple of wind as she enters the house.
"Hello, Zachary," she says to the curly-haired 6-year-old.
Zachary clutches his father.
"Hello, Zachary," she says again. "It would be very nice if you could look at me and say, 'Hello, Noël.'"
Zachary's father, Steve, begins to intervene, but Noël signals for him to stop. A few feet away, Zachary's mother, Susan, stays silent. Across the room, Zachary's twin, Jason, gleefully watches his brother under pressure.
It’s the half way mark in their first term for the Year 7s in secondary school and, as any form tutor will tell you, now is the period when it’s most likely some will start to play up about going to school.
Most child experts are anti-smackers but they hold widely differing views on the best way to instil discipline in children. Some advise parents to respond to bad behaviour by reasoning with their children; others suggest parents should pretend to ignore their children while they are playing up or deprive them of things they enjoy. All agree that it must be combined with giving youngsters copious praise and sometimes rewards when they do behave well.
There's help at hand when the kids are driving you up the wall and Armageddon is just another day chez vous. A new book about good parenting shows frazzled mums how to turn your children into the little darlings you know they can be - by being positive, firm and consistent.
Click here to read the rest of the articleby Amanda Blinkhorn, which was published by Ham&High.
Cassandra Jardine from The Daily Telegraph participated in our parenting classes and workshops and has been writing about us regularily.
Here are two of her articles:
Thank you for behaving well
When she enrolled in parenting classes, Cassandra Jardine was told that, within two weeks, her family life would be calmer and happier, and after three months, it would be completely turned around. So what happened?
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Sibling Squabbles (15th June 2002)
It doesn't surprise me that one of the main reasons why parents flock to parenting classes is to deal with sibling rivalry. Among my own children, there are some deep and upsetting rifts, usually between an elder child and the one immediately below in the birth order.
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The Messy Playroom (5th October 2002)
The mess in our playroom is so depressing that most of the time, I shut the door and sigh. Then, suddenly, I snap. Last week's trigger was the arrival of a new piano teacher. He picked his way to the piano over old crisp packets, headless dolls and bits of jigsaw, while I did my aren't-children-awful act, then, with the cheeriest smile, he announced that the room amounted to a "health hazard".
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