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Should children be told not to talk to strangers?

Should children be told not to talk to strangers?

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.  In other...
To go up to the school – or not?

To go up to the school – or not?

By Michael Hawton, Child Psychologist (MAPS) and Parentshop founder. If you’ve had a child at school for more than a few years, chances are that there have been times when you have considered whether to go up to the school about an issue that is affecting your child. ...
Too much praise is not a good thing

Too much praise is not a good thing

By Michael Hawton, MAPS. I have been asked to comment on whether we are praising our children too much, and I believe that we are. When parents heap praise on their child, by responding every time he or she does something mundane, they can easily get drawn into a...

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