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Are kids leopards? Or hydrangeas?

August 8, 2015

Linda plonked herself down with a weight of dejected sadness.  “A leopard can’t change its spots! Do you really think a child can change his spots? To be honest, I’m not sure why I’m here. There’s no point. He’ll never change.” Her ‘leopard’, 13-year-old Sam, “had always been difficult”. Linda made the appointment because his inflexible, explosive behaviour had deteriorated progressively, together with his oppositional defiance, and “the family can no longer stand it”. “At the moment I don’t like…

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Children’s temper tantrums: time-in or time-out?

July 23, 2015

QANDAKIDS QUESTION: “My 7-year-old, Zoe, is an absolute angel at school.  We know she’s smart but our jaws drop when her teacher tells us she’s an ‘absolute pleasure’. We tell her we love her all the time and we give her hugs and kisses whenever we can. We’re honestly very loving parents. But, seriously, every day, over literally nothing, she can go from zero to a hundred in a split second.  She thrashes around and throws things and tells me…

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