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Anxiety Coach

Childhood anxiety

Child and family specialists

The Language of Support: Communicating Effectively with Anxious Children

By Parentshop Staff

Childhood anxiety has steadily been increasing in recent years. One of the most effective treatments for it is of effective communication between children and the significant adults in their life. The Anxiety Coach course recognises this crucial aspect and equips professionals with valuable insights into the language of support and how to guide parents in implementing these strategies.



The Power of Student-Teacher Relationships

By Parentshop Staff

The teacher-student relationship is pivotal in the educational experience and often leaves a lasting impact on students' lives. The significance of the teacher-student relationship, and how a positive connection between educators and learners can lead to not only better academic outcomes but also personal development can at times, be underestimated. Here, we explore the impact this relationship can have on a student in their development.




Should children be told not to talk to strangers?

By Michael HawtonOctober 30, 2018

A general view among child safety advocates is that children should be discouraged from talking with strangers. This message is regularly announced (and generally unopposed) in today’s culture with ‘stranger danger’ messages becoming part of modern parlance. It concerns me that a paranoid view of parenting is creeping into our parenting practise. This perspective seems to be that if there is any risk at all, however small or remote in possibility, we must respond to mitigating that risk or find ourselves questioning how good a parent we are. I’m sure that the aim of the ‘world-is-a-dangerous-place’ child advocates is well meaning. So, I’m in no way impugning their motivation. That said, the media coverage of the ‘scary-world’ hypothesis gets far more airplay than could be considered balanced. What I do think is that by magnifying the risks and not balancing the arguments for and against engaging with strangers, we send the wrong message to children. So, with all of this in mind, help your children talk with strangers; they are not all bad.