Teaching kids about money

You can do it with Henry's help...

To be honest, I’ve found this issue a real struggle. How do you teach kids about money?

As a parent I want to get it right. Yet I find myself constantly struggling to know how best to handle it.

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Image courtesy of ©123rf/My Make OU (Adapted)

This app really helped me…

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Guide for Parents of Children & Young People Who Have Got in Trouble Online…

This FREE parents’ guide from the Faithfull Foundation is fab!

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Image courtesy of ©Faithfull Foundation

It has 3 sections, each covering a different kind of online problem:

  1. My child exhibits risk-taking behaviour by accessing adult pornography…
  2. My child has behaved irresponsibly by sending or receiving sexual images…
  3. My child has been arrested for viewing indecent images of children…

It’s a great bit of kit from a reliable source – download it FREE here.

Helping Traumatised Children – A Caregivers’ guide…

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Image courtesy of ©Child Trauma Academy

I recently came across this little ebook from Bruce Perry.

It’s a simple and very practical guide to help those caring for children with trauma histories. It’s short, easy to read, and eminently applicable.

And it’s FREE to download, here.

Enjoy!

Dealing with insults – 6 steps to help…

The best insult I ever had from a young person is far too graphic to write here. But it was brilliant!

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Maksym Bondarchuk

Brilliant because it eloquently focused on all the things he thought would hurt me most: my size, my accent and my job.

Anyone working with troubled young people will have had this happen. It’s part of the deal. So,…

How should we respond to verbal aggression?

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Apps to help you help teenagers: No.6 – iAssistSafety

We live in a risky world. But there’s safety and solace in the people we trust. This is true for children and young people too.

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Image courtesy of ©Matlecapps

In this latest post in our “Apps” series, we look at a way of helping children to identify their safe people – those they could turn to if needed…

Who’re you gonna call?…

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Why real rest is crucial for carers…

I remember my Dad telling me one day, when I was about 15, that he’d just booked a holiday. To Spain.

Back in 1980 when a holiday for us meant a fortnight in a caravan in Whitby, this was big news!

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Photo courtesy ©123RF/convisum

But this holiday would have even more surprises in store. What were they? Well…

No ordinary break…

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How to teach empathy to troubled teens: No.2

I like it when I feel that people understand me. Most of us do. Empathy is a wonderful thing!

People like this have a knack of putting us at ease and helping us to open up…

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/JBryson

So what are the skills that empathic people have?

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When all is not well – signs a teenager may need help with mental health…

The teen years can be turbulent. It’s a time of great change physically, emotionally and socially.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/lovleah

So how might we know if a young person is struggling? Not just having a bad day, but really foundering… Here are some signs that it might be time to get some professional help with mental health.

When is it time to call for help?…

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What young people think...

Teenagers know more about technology than most adults do. So keeping them safe is difficult as well as vital.

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Once again, my evening has included a couple of “phone extractions.” This is where I separate my 14 year old son from his mobile phone.

His phone has a camera on it. Most phones do these days. The camera phone has now become an intrinsic part of teenage social life. The wide availability and affordability of smartphones, as well as apps like Instagram and SnapChat, have seen to that.

So what do we know about camera phone dangers?…

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